An opera from the current season of The Little Greats is set to become more widely available following Opera North’s collaboration with digital commissioning body, The Space.
The Space was founded by the BBC and Arts Council England and supports artists and arts organisations to create new artistic experiences and reach new audiences using digital technologies and platforms. Having previously commissioned the filming of the Ring cycle, they are now interested in Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein’s searing exposé of the American Dream, with Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta as Dinah and Quirijn de Lang as Sam. For use on The Space's digital platforms next year as part of the Bernstein centenary celebrations, Trouble in Tahiti will be filmed at Leeds Grand Theatre on Thursday 19 October and during the accessible performance on Saturday 21 October.
By capturing a performance which is being both audio-described and captioned, the aim is to make the production accessible to an even wider audience.
The Space is delighted to be partnering with Opera North and supporting the organisation in both building its digital capacity, and ensuring its productions are accessible to the widest possible audience through the use of accessibility functions such as audio-description, signing and captioning.
— Fiona Morris, CEO and Creative Director of The Space
Later in the year, fans of BBC Radio 3 will also be able to enjoy Trouble in Tahiti, as well as Opera North’s production of Janáček’s rarely-performed operatic gem, Osud, when the station broadcasts full recordings of both operas made during The Little Greats opening run in Leeds, together with interviews with cast and creative crew.
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