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Opera North partners with Digital Theatre to capture its first full production for online release


Opera North has announced its first full production to be released online, the award-winning Don Giovanni captured live in High Definition by Digital Theatre.

Don Giovanni is available to watch at the touch of a button on the Digital Theatre website, the company’s app for Samsung Smart TV or through the Digital Theatre iOS app for iPad and iPhone.

Speaking about the launch of the partnership, Richard Mantle, General Director of Opera North said: “We are delighted to join in partnership with Digital Theatre who clearly share with us a real commitment to innovation and high quality. We hope this will be the first of many opportunities for Opera North’s work to be accessed online.”

He added: “Digital Theatre is a highly talented company and this new venture takes Opera North into new territory way beyond the bounds of the traditional theatre experience.”

Digital Theatre Co-Founder and Executive Producer Tom Shaw said: “Digital Theatre has spent over three years refining our method of capturing the performing arts working in spaces from a shipping container outside the Young Vic to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.”

He continued: “It is an honour to partner with Opera North to capture the intimacy of their work and bring this award-winning production to a worldwide audience.”

This significant new partnership is also a major move into the world of opera for Digital Theatre, who are unique in the performing arts in capturing productions using unobtrusive, remotely operated cameras placed around the auditorium.

Launched in late 2009 by Robert Delamere and Tom Shaw, Digital Theatre works with the UK’s leading theatre companies to capture theatre productions in High Definition from multiple camera angles.

Opera North’s first new production of Don Giovanni for seven years won the Best Opera Award at the 2013 Manchester Theatre Awards.

Captured by Digital Theatre live at Leeds Grand in October 2012, the production reunites director Alessandro Talevi with the creative team behind the company’s 2010 production of The Turn of the Screw. It is conducted by Swedish maestro Tobias Ringborg, his first production with the company since La bohème in 2010.



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