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Subject: Virtual Orchestra
From: Stanley Levine <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 18 Aug 1998 14:06:41 -0400
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I had my first experience with OperaWorks and a "Virtual Orchestra" last
weekend in NY with their delightful and witty production of Ariadne auf
Naxos.  The audience of about 70 seemed to thoroughly enjoy the program,
presented by a very talented and enthusiastic young repertory group.  The
virtual orchestra is composed a a complex system of keyboards/players (3 I
think) hooked into a computer or two and all piped into some large
speakers, together with some prerecorded (?) CD material.  All of  this is
conducted by a real person, giving tempi and cues to the singers and the
keyboardists, and the final result is extraordinarily realistic
(orchestra-like), at a fraction of the cost.  The notes with the program
justify this appraoch on a number of grounds, including lowered expense and
improved quality.  What are the thoughts of the list on this manner of
popularizing opera at affordable prices, with small troupes and small
audiences?

Stanley I. Levine
Columbus, GA
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