DigitalArts UK By Rick Young
Glyndebourne is recognised globally as one of the great opera houses. Its productions travel worldwide, are performed live in other opera houses and screened in cinemas from New York to Tokyo. Yet it remains a very English institution.
Its global reputation stems from a passion for artistic excellence. Founder John Christie insisted on doing "not the best we can do but the best that can be done anywhere". For over 75 years, that has remained Glyndebourne's touchstone.
Glyndebourne's commitment to quality has earned it a loyal following and its reputation enables it to attract the world's finest artists. Today, its Festival and Tour present over 110 performances each year, to some 150,000 people.
Simon Yapp (Digital Media Technical Producer) has worked for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera for nine years during which time he has been involved in the AV and lighting for over 60 operas, six Glyndebourne opera tours, in-house recitals and has designed the lighting for education and development projects. During his time running Glyndebourneâ€™s Audio Visual department Simon not only provided technical support for show effects and all communications; he also put in place a state of the art video recording and editing facility. This now enables directors and designers to have immediate replay access of their rehearsals and shows at any stage of a performance.
The Matrox MXO2 LE MAX is used by Glyndebourne to produce up to 40 short films a season. read more...