An Italian opera company is experimenting with the wearable technology of Google Glass to broadcast a performance of Puccini’s Turandot live online.
Singers, orchestra members, and backstage technicians from the Cagliari Opera will perform wearing Google Glass, capturing what they see and transmitting it online. Unlike a traditional opera performance, which limits audience members to a single viewpoint during the performance, the public will be able to experience an insider’s view of the opera from multiple points of view thanks to the head-mounted HD camera.
Mauro Meli, general manager of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, explained the experience in an interview with the New York Times . “We want to communicate the art of opera hoping that it will engage and interest people who normally don’t go to see performances,” he said.
The opera runs from from July 30 – August 16 2014. The interactive performance will be streamed on the Cagliari Opera website and on their social media pages.