This season, Opera Australia broke new ground by presenting a completely “digital” season. No, singers weren’t replaced with holograms, and, no, the audience didn’t listen through headsets. Rather than staging the three-opera season on traditional scenery, with all necessary construction, dismantling, and re-construction of a typical repertory opera season, Opera Australia asked its artists to embrace a digital version of the scenery. Following a move in this direction with last year’s Aida, the company went full speed ahead for its productions in the Sydney Opera House. The season included new productions of Madama Butterfly, Anna Bolena, and the world premiere of Whiteley.
Davide Livermore, who directed the 2018 digital production of Aida, was brought on to direct Anna Bolena, collaborating with set designer Gió Forma, video designers from D-Wok, and costume designer Mariana Fracasso. Click through the slideshow to learn about the elaborate video design for Madama Butterfly, and check out the lighting design of Madama Butterfly and Whiteley and the lighting plot for Madama Butterfly.