Rhinegold Thomas Hampson: 'A new era in which artists take control'

Ashutosh Khandekar

Opera stars feature in new virtual concert hall

10:43, 29th May 2020


Idagio, the Berlin-based streaming site for classical music, has launched a new online concert venue available to audiences worldwide. Artists and ensembles will use this audiovisual platform to offer their own exclusive digital concerts, with audiences supporting them directly  with by buying tickets allowing them to watch from home.

The concerts are streamed live and are available across the globe for 24 hours following the initial broadcast. An array of interactive features elevates the Global Concert Hall experience above existing options: artists offer personal introductions to their programmes and remain online following the performance to chat directly with audience members in the Virtual Green Room, to answer questions and to reflect on the performance.

Several major opera stars will feature on in the new virtual concert space in June, including baritone Thomas Hampson and soprano Kristine Opolais. IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall will also broadcast the reopening concerts of the Maggio Musicale in Florence , with Maestro Zubin Mehta, tenor Francesco Meli, and other artists. Future concerts will include performances by bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, tenor Matthew Polenzani, soprano Ailyn Pérez, tenor Brian Jagde, and more.

Thomas Hampson, one of the first artists to take part in this initiative, said: ‘With the coronavirus crisis, the concert and opera sector has come to a complete standstill. At the same time, the situation that has developed where streamed performances are offered for free devalues artists’ work and threatens our livelihood. The Global Concert Hall marks the beginning of a new era, since it is not only a virtual stage and a site for artistic experimentation. It also helps artists to be proactive and to take charge of the current situation, giving us more control over our programmes and through such interactive elements as the Digital Green Room after the concerts, which will bring us closer to audiences in new ways.’

The Global Concert Hall is the next phase in the evolution of the Fair Artist Payout Model, launched in 2015, to ensure that artists are properly compensated for their performances online. In total, 80 per cent of the net proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the artists.

Concert tickets are available on the IDAGIO apps and at globalconcerthall.com, with tickets also available through partner websites.

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