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IOSONO wraps Handa Opera in 3D sound

Georges Bizet's opera Carmen is performed on a stage that resembles a bullfighting ring on Sydney Harbour. IOSONO 3D sound technology is being used for the show, which premiered on 22 March and will run until 12 April.

IOSONO 3D sound technology has been used for the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2013, Australia. Set against the backdrop of Sydney harbour and the Sydney Opera House, the performance, which premiered on 22 March, is an open-air production of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen. IOSONO’s technology has been selected again for Australia’s Metropolis following its successful implementation at Sydney Opera House for the renowned opera Die tote Stadt in 2012. The stage, which measures 32m by 24m, resembles a bullfighting ring and appears to float on Sydney Harbour. “It’s impossible to describe how tactile and realistic IOSONO’s spatial audio processor renders the orchestra and singers,” commented Tony David Cray, sound designer for Opera on Sydney Harbour. The system allows for a natural localisation of the orchestra and all singers. IOSONO’s Spatial Audio Processor and 20 line array speakers fill the harbour with crystal clear sound, corresponding to the singers’ actual position. “We’re very proud to be a part of this project. A top production like this needs first class sound and we’re convinced that Carmen will be a pleasure for the eyes and ears of the audience,” says Olaf Stepputat, CEO of IOSONO. All 3,500 listeners will enjoy a stable location of the sounds on stage without any impairment of the stunning stage design, as the speakers are placed on the floor in front of the quay wall. Carmen runs until 12 April, 2013.