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Watch: Opera Short #6, inspired by sound waves and the romance of La bohème

The sixth and final animation in our series portrays Puccini’s love story through silhouettes and soundwaves.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

30 May 2014 at 5.26pm | Comment on this article

The final animation in our Opera Shorts series, created by students Dahye Kim and Alice Cui, is set to La bohème’s ‘O soave fanciulla’, the sumptuous Act I duet during which Rodolfo and Mimì fall in love.

‘We fell in love with the romance of La bohème: Paris by candlelight, the searching for lost keys, the moonlight, and the touch of hands,’ says Dahye, ‘and so we chose to set our animation to ‘O soave fanciulla’. The most important elements of the opera seemed to be the music and body language, and so we show the narrative of the opera using silhouettes of the characters, drawn to appear like soundwaves.’

Dahye and Alice created different textures of lines in Photoshop, before syncing the music and background in After Effects.

‘Once we had decided on a concept and finalized the storyboard, we used long-line drawing animation to create one long image that appears like a soundwave,’ says Dahye.

The Opera Shorts series is the result of a collaboration with Kingston University, in which the Royal Opera House invited students on the Illustration and Animation course to immerse themselves in opera and then create an animation.

We have published six animations on the ROH blog and the ROH YouTube channel. View other Opera Shorts.

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Kingston University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture Degree Show runs from 1-6 June 2014 at the University’s Knight’s Park campus.

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