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The Technology of Le nozze di Figaro by Mark Schubin

June 29th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Download, Opera-Media Servings, Schubin Cafe

The Technology of “The Marriage of Figaro”

In October 2014, the Metropolitan Opera transmitted The Marriage of Figaro live from its technologically advanced stage to more than 2000 cinemas worldwide.  The opera can also be enjoyed at home via TV, radio, recordings, downloads, and streams.  The Marriage of Figaro was first performed in 1786, however, based on a play first performed two years earlier.  What stage and home-media technologies were available then?  You might be amazed.  And might then-new technologies have affected the plot if it were written just a few years later?

Presented at the Princeton Festival, Princeton, NJ on June 15, 2015.

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The Technology of Le nozze di Figaro

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The Fandom of the Opera: How the Audience for a Centuries-Old Art Form Helped Create Modern Media Technology

November 20th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Download, Schubin Cafe

Presented as part of National Opera Week at Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Arts & Letters, Hoboken, NJ on October 30, 2014.

Believe it or not, electronic home entertainment was invented for opera audiences. So were consumer headphones, movies, newscasts, and pay-cable. The first sportscasts were in opera houses. The first wireless broadcast? The first commercial digital recording? The first live subtitles? All opera.

The idea of transmitting opera motion pictures and sounds live to theaters worldwide appeared in print in 1877, to homes in 1882. Without opera, there might not be communications satellites. And, according to pioneering radiologist Percy Brown, “No opera, no X-rays!”

The first opera recordings were made 17 years before Edison’s first phonograph, and 76 years before that an automaton played opera music for Marie Antoinette. In the 21st century, labs around the world are working on ultra-high-speed communications systems for opera and have discussed neutrino communications and quantum entanglement.

Galileo, Kepler, Lavoisier, Matisse – all had opera-technology connections. Stereo sound? The laryngoscope? Broadcast rights? All for opera. Really. Watch and be amazed.

Direct Link (151 MB / 1:06:16 TRT): The Fandom of the Opera-Stevens

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