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A Night at the Opera

12 September 2014

Among the many highlights in this year’s IBC Awards Ceremony will be a Special Award to the Vienna State Opera. As well as collecting the award, they will be bringing some stunning 4K and surround sound video clips. Best of all, the IBC Awards Ceremony is free to all IBC attendees.

The ‘Wiener Staatsoper’ – Vienna State Opera – is one of the world’s greatest opera houses. It offers more than 300 performances a season, and averages more than 99% attendance.
To help more people enjoy those world-class performances, it has created www.staatsoperlive.com. Using nine remote cameras in the house, and a sophisticated production system, it makes 45 performances a season available to anyone, anywhere in the world.

More than just showing the opera or ballet, there is a host of additional features, from scores synchronised on second screen apps, through to subtitles, including bonus content such as rehearsals, educational material and access to the archives. All of this is available on a wide range of platforms.

That includes the Samsung Smart TV range, which prompted a special event in May of this year. Verdi’s opera Nabucco was shot in 4K and streamed live to an extremely enthusiastic audience. As well as Samsung, technology partners included Civolution, Nous, Ooyala and PocketScience.

For all its work in bringing great performances to as broad an audience as possible, Vienna State Opera is to receive an IBC Special Award.

Dominique Meyer, director of the Vienna State Opera, said, “For us as an opera house with 150 years of tradition, presenting an art form that looks back on 500 years of history, to be rewarded with one of the most renowned awards in this highly innovative industry is a wonderful acknowledgement. It shows how vivid we are, looking from a glorious past into a promising future.”

All attendees to IBC are invited to enjoy some Verdi – and much more – at the IBC Awards Ceremony, which is free to all attendees, although places are limited. Be in your seats in plenty of time for the 18.30 start on Sunday evening, in the RAI Auditorium.
Visit www.ibc.org/awards, for more details.

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