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BLO Ventures into Virtual Reality with First 360° Video

Feb 28, 2017 9:39:24 AM
By BLO Staff

Opera & Digital

For an opera company to thrive over the course of four decades, being in tune with ongoing trends and the constantly changing digital landscape is crucial. Boston Lyric Opera has established itself as a lead player in the space where the opera world and digital worlds collide.   

The company has a strong and growing ‘Tweet Seat’ campaign, that generated national coverage including this Wall Street Journal article, in which invited theatergoers are encouraged to live tweet during dress rehearsals.  BLO’s latest initiative is a Virtual Reality (VR) video that immerses viewers in a rehearsal for its upcoming production of The Rake’s Progress.

Ever wonder what it feels like to be a Creative working on a professional opera?

Watch the male chorus rush to Tom Rakewell and the ladies set the scene for Mother Goose's brothel. Turn around and watch Stage Director Allegra Libonati direct standing on a chair and Music Director David Angus conduct the singers right beside her. Now's your chance to be in the middle of the action...

Immerse yourself in a 360˚Opera Rehearsal:

You can also watch the video on YouTube or Facebook. (Please note, Safari and Internet Explorer browsers do not support 360˚ videos.)

For the best smartphone viewing experience: Use the YouTube App, make sure you're connected to a wifi network, and select the highest video quality available. It won't play at the best quality over the cell networks. 



This 360˚ video allows viewers to be center stage and fully immersed in our upcoming production of The Marriage of Figaro.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality is an immersive video experience that allows you to experience and interact with a 3D world. You can experience all 360° by clicking and dragging on the screen or by holding up your phone and moving it around while the video is playing.

If you have a VR headset (Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, etc.) you can watch the video on Youtube for the most immersive experience.

Do I need a VR headset to watch the video?

No, you can watch the 360° video on your smartphone or computer. The experience is more immersive if you have a VR headset.

How do I watch the 360° video on my phone?

Pan and rotate your smartphone to watch the video from different angles.

On your mobile device, use the latest version of the YouTube app. For the best viewing experience, make sure you're connected to a wifi network and change the quality to the highest. It won't play at the best quality over cell networks.  

How do I watch the 360 video on my computer?

When watching the 360° video on a computer, the viewing angle is changed by dragging with the mouse.

Make sure you're using the latest version of your web browser (ex. Chrome, Firefox). Safari and Internet Explorer browsers do not support  360° videos.

Topics: Innovation, #RakesBLO, Virtual Reality, 360 Video

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