7 October 2016 at 7.45pm | Comment on this article
Ever wanted to take centre-stage at Covent Garden with our world-class Royal Opera Chorus?
This virtual reality experience allows aspiring performers across the globe a taster of what it’s like in the run-up to opening night, as they stand on stage in the centre of a rehearsal.
Viewers can experience a ‘Chorus eye view’ journey into the heart of the Royal Opera House, making their way backstage and behind-the-scenes, before heading to a rehearsal to run through the famous Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Verdi’s Nabucco. The full experience, available on the Jaunt app, also allows viewers to be part of the performance on stage, showing the differences between the rehearsal and the buzz of performance.
The extended Jaunt experience is fully immersive, with 3D imagery and ambisonic sound – in other words, when wearing a VR headset, you’ll experience the room’s natural variations of sound, depending on where you look.
The experience was created during the June 2016 run of Nabucco, which starred Plácido Domingo.
View the full film, created in partnership with Jaunt VR, in 3D sound and vision by downloading the app from jauntvr.com. The Jaunt app is available for both iOS and Android devices via Apple and Google Play stores.
Discover more about the role of the chorus in opera in the exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, at the V&A Museum 30 September 2017–25 February 2018.