Staatsoper TV - Watch Opera live and online
In 2012/13, the Bavarian State Opera will be the first international opera house to present, with STAATSOPER.TV, a season with live streams online free of charge.
Opera and ballet lovers from all over the world will be able to enjoy a total of seven opera performances and two ballet evenings in full and live online from Munich. The first of these will be the audiovisual transmission on 3 November 2012 of Jörg Widmann's new opera Babylon (musical director: K. Nagano, stage production: Carlus Padrissa - La Fura dels Baus; with C. McFadden, A. Prohaska, W. White, G. Schnaut).
"I think that live streaming, as a one-off event, provides a contemporary way of opening the doors of the Opera House to the world. STAATSOPER.TV is live, like the theatre, and disappears when the curtain falls – and this is what gives it its very special appeal. The Bavarian State Opera is thus able to present itself to an even wider audience as a unique forum where innovative music theatre meets the world's best artists", says General Manager Nikolaus Bachler.
Four to six cameras in the auditorium of the National Theatre will broadcast the performances to the whole world via www.staatsoper.de/tv. Up to 40 microphones in the orchestra pit and on the stage will provide first-class sound quality. The streams will be offered in three different transmission qualities which will adjust automatically to the viewer's computer power or internet connection. Before each live stream, General Manager Nikolaus Bachler will provide an introduction to the work, and the State Opera will also allow a glimpse behind the stage of the Opera House during the intervals. Subtitles in German and English complete the services offered. Apart from a computer, laptop or tablet PC, users will only require a broadband internet connection such as DSL and speakers connected to the device.
As a sponsor for STAATSOPER.TV, it has been possible to attract, with The Linde Group, an international corporation which has been involved with the Bavarian State Opera for many years. Linde is exclusive Season Partner since the 2008/09 season and will now also be the International Streaming Partner for the next four seasons.