Hummingbird Media press release October 9, 2013 announced that audio specialist, Sennheiser, professional and consumer technology, will play a key part of “Invisible Cities”: the world’s first large scale opera for wireless headphones. Sennheiser in collaboration with L.A. Dance Project will stage a premier on Saturday, October 19th at Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station, the largest railway terminal in the western United States.
The “Invisible Cities” opera written by Christopher Cerrone is based upon the 1972 novel by Italio Calvino. This historical and surrealistic opera which centers on Marco Polo’s travels to fantastical cities to Emperor Kublai Khan combines opera with modern technology for a unique experience. By using the wireless headphones from Sennheiser, the audience can move freely through the terminal to experience the opera.
“Art-making is not just about great ideas but about ingenious execution — making a vision something real," commented Yuval Sharon, artistic director, The Industry. "Sennheiser is literally making The Industry's dreams come true; this production simply would not exist without their commitment to innovation and the drive for excellence that will make this such a magical experience for audiences."
“Our world is characterized by fast-paced, interactive communication and consumers seek experiences that touches them in a much deeper and more meaningful level. “Invisible Cities” caters to this desire and delivers a truly innovative performance to its audience,” commented Stefanie Reichert, director strategic marketing, Sennheiser”.
At the heart of Invisible Cities’ technical production will be Sennheiser’s new Digital 9000 wireless system, which will provide patrons with pristine, uncompromising audio for the duration of the performances. This system was over a decade in development and launched last year. It now provides the most advanced wireless system in the world; used in top level theatre, music and broadcasting events.
The 11 piece orchestra of strings, percussion and brass will perform the original score using a selection of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones.
Singers, dancers and performers in the production will also be outfitted with Sennheiser wireless microphones, and will be able to listen to their performances and director cues using Sennheiser's world-class in-ear monitoring system (IEMs). The performance audio will be sent to a multi-channel digital console, where it will be mixed and broadcast via wireless RF technology to attending patrons, each of who will be donning Sennheiser wireless headphones.
This equisite event will blend technology and classical opera in a unique experience of passion and commitment.