6 April 2016 at 5.39pm | Comment on this article
Ever wanted to be in the Royal Opera House Orchestra? Well, now you can with a little help from our 360-degree virtual reality Guide to our Orchestra.
Inquisitive music lovers from across the globe can get up close and personal with our world-class musicians, viewing a rehearsal of the overture from Rossini’s Guillaume Tell as seen through 31 cameras.
Experience the orchestra like never before, with cameras on the neck of a double bass, the sliding back and forth on a trombone, or capturing every minute mouth movement from the flutes.
As well as choosing which instrument to watch, you can use a sliding split screen to watch two views at once – one of a single instrument and one of the full rehearsal – or twist the camera to see the Royal Opera House auditorium in all its glory from the orchestra pit. You can even watch proceedings through Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano’s eyes from the conductor’s podium.
‘We’ve put GoPros on the instruments, on players’ heads, on myself’, says Pappano. ‘It puts you in the director’s chair. You’ll be able to see close up and in detail the virtuosic ability of each of these incredible musicians.’
Discover more about the component parts of opera in the exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, at the V&A Museum 30 September 2017–25 February 2018.