Vincent

This weekend was the premiere of Vincent, a new opera commissioned by the IU Opera Theater composed by Bernard Rands. Recording Arts was there to provide sound reinforcement, audio and video recording, and to stream the performance to a worldwide audience live. The production uses minimal sets and incorporates animated projections of Van Gogh paintings shown on three screens and a scrim creating very cool 3D effects. This production is is the first time the IU Opera Theater has made such extensive use of projection. We’ll post a link to the video when it’s ready.

Production Designer Barry Steele running Isadora during a tech rehearsal.

Two of the five Barco projectors. There were three backstage, one each for the onstage screens, a fourth aimed at the stage floor. The fifth projector was at the rear of the house aimed at the scrim for the 3D effects.

Here’s a view from one of the four cameras we used to videorecord and stream the production. You can see the three projection screens on stage. The images here are used to align the projectors.

Jay Kincaid from IU Radio/TV services directing and Matt Tobey switching during the performance. We used Sony EX1 and EX3 cameras and a Sony Anycast switcher. The HD video is recorded directly into Final Cut Pro. You can see the streaming control on the right-hand side of the picture, we use Telestream Wirecast to encode the video.


Devin Bean running the Yamaha DM2000. We used  10 mics on the orchestra five foot mics for the vocals, a hanging pair for the house, and took splits from the 10 wireless lavalieres used for sound reinforcement. There was also an offstage chorus we miced for an ethereal reverby effect.

Here’s a view of the foot mics. They are Shure SM81s, we didn’t use the Schoeps because the scrim and blackout curtain landed right on top of the mics! They are on 1/4′ pieces of steel with 1/4″ Sorbothane underneath for padding. In the background you can see the lights of the Shure ULX wireless receivers.

A shot of the orchesta pit showing two of the four Crown PZMs taped to the front pit wall. We used two Sennheiser MKH8040s on the winds as well as spot mics on the harp, piano, accordion, and percussion

The chorus set up in one of the large storage rooms backstage. It was sent to backstage speakers to create a diffuse, ethereal sound.

A view from the house mix position showing the Yamaha M7CL. We used EAW JF60 speakers attached to the stage lip for the vocal reinforcement. We added a couple of milliseconds of delay, this approach anchors the vocal sound to the stage –the acoustic  sound reaches the audience first  giving the impression that there is no sound reinforcement.


The live stream had 1260 viewers from 37 countries and 48 US states.

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