23 February 2014 at 2.26pm | Comment on this article
Like us, you may find yourself thinking about opera and ballet when you’re out and about. Perhaps a tune lodges itself in your head when you're sitting on the bus, or you start thinking about costume designs while idly flipping through a fashion magazine.
To satisfy your appetite for information on the move we have developed a series of digital guides. Each guide costs just £2.99 and contains specially selected films, articles, pictures and exclusives to bring you closer to the production. Available guides include Giselle, Don Giovanni and The Sleeping Beauty, with The Winter’s Tale coming soon.
Digital guides are the perfect accompaniment to the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season too. Sign in and buy a guide before the screening and you can explore the production or the music through exclusive articles, photographs or excerpts from recordings. Your guide content will be updated as the screening approaches or as more becomes available. Many people have asked whether we would supply printed programmes to cinemas, and we hope that the digital guides meet that need.
Our short promotional film was filmed in collaboration with King’s College London, whose Digital Humanities department was involved in the research phase of the digital guide. It shows opera and ballet literally on the move as a character accesses our website. ‘The idea of the film is to show that you have this amazing content at your fingertips wherever you may be,’ says Tom Turner, who directed the film.
‘Filming was a bit surreal at times,’ says Tom. ‘At one point, Michel de Souza, opera singer and Jette Parker Young Artist, was standing on a table in the King's College London Maughan Library singing the famously difficult champagne aria from Don Giovanni.’
The development of the digital guides was supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts - Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.