Opera cinema: a new cultural experience: Symposium by King’s College London and Royal Opera House


Date: Friday 16 June 2017, 09:30 – 18:00

Location: Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, Strand Campus

Keynotes by Jay David Bolter and Peter Reichl

Live opera simulcasts to movie theatres (‘opera cinema’) have exploded in popularity. At present, the Royal Opera House relays productions to 1,500 sites in 35 territories, catering to a global audience of over a million opera fans. For the first time in history, more people watch the Royal Opera on the screen than the stage.

Opera cinema is more than a vehicle for virtually extending opera audiences: it is a hybrid cultural experience that combines an established art form with advanced digital media technologies to unique effect. It has a distinctive audience, fosters special forms of etiquette (that are atypical for the movies) and provides special artistic and commercial opportunities for the arts sector.

This symposium is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on opera cinema, and invites a variety of speakers from the academic and arts world to offer a range of perspectives on this fascinating case study. Panel discussions will address the creative potential of opera simulcasts as a distinctive art form, the unique audience experience facilitated by these events, the character of existing opera cinema audiences, and the capacity for digital technologies to develop new audiences for the arts.

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