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Virtual sets & animation are reinventing opera for enthusiasts & newbies. A talented virtual team revisits Puccini's iconic La Boheme.
Virtual sets & animation are reinventing opera for enthusiasts & newbies. A talented virtual team revisits Puccini's iconic La Boheme.
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The Beginning…Boheme Opera NJ has had an exciting 25 years. From its beginnings in the urban Italian American community of Chambersburg, Trenton, to the broad-based Central New Jersey company it is today, Boheme has always had an adventurous streak - exploring season by season, the many components of the art form.Its growth from modest dinner opera and street festival productions, to the main stages of several area venues, is largely due to the creative energies of talented and passionate artisans, designers and directors. They have given Boheme the freedom and daring to try new things all the time, and that still continues as the company is poised to enter its 26th season.

Today…After a string of unique silver season events, Boheme brought a new fashionista production of Verdi’s La Traviata to its main stage with a stellar cast, interactive chorus and polished orchestra. But what made this such a special version of the legendary opera was the unexpected cinematic flavor it delivered to its audiences. Opera in the 21st century is more than fabulous voices, memorable music, stunning costumes, makeup, wigs and props – it has begun to tap the imagination of its audiences, with expectations having no boundaries. Each scene of Verdi’s adaptation had its own visual ambience, digitally tied to expressive lighting and reflections that followed the emotions of the characters and their story.The observer was subtly guided through the opera by these visual images, very much like the music of films guides one through changing moods and characterizations.

Exploring…Boheme Opera has experimented with virtual settings and animation for three productions:Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Gounod’s Faust and Verdi’s La Traviata. It has been wildly successful, received with open arms by increasing audiences, and has the potential to reinvent traditional opera for contemporary audiences.

Kickstarter has inspired our team… With Puccini’s iconic opera, La Boheme, we are excited to plan our fourth production pairing the heart of traditional opera with this expressive new digital medium.The support possible within the Kickstarter community has encouraged us to push beyond the limits of what we imagined in previous seasons.Boheme Opera NJ is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, and blossoms through the generosity of individuals like you. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

You are the key to Boheme’s inventive new main stage presentation.Something that previously was impossible to stage can now be joined by countless other previous impossibilities.Our digital artist, J. Matthew Root, has helped Boheme to open the door to another world of opera preservation. Whether we project abstract colors or shapes, words or symbols, landscapes of nature or interior rooms of a structure – the audience is rewarded with a truly immersive experience.

We passionately believe that the future of opera is in the melding of the artistic output of composers and librettists with the infinite possibilities of today’s technology and imagination.Boheme Opera NJ has 25 years of stage experience with traditional opera , now ready to move forward with new applications.Be our Kickstarter partner and join the future of live opera theater as we virtually reinvent Puccini’s La Boheme on our main stage!

Risks and challenges

Risks:

1) There’s always a chance that main stage audiences will not understand, appreciate or like the images created.

2) Concepts generated from imagination, particularly abstract ones, may be difficult to market.

3) Combining art and technology requires a lot of moving and complex pieces. Having multiple levels of redundancy is crucial to protecting against any single system malfunction.

Challenges:

1) Meeting the deadlines with available resources and staff.

2) Making sure the director and designer are on the same page with respect to vision and final product.

3) Although imaginative, the vision needs to be accessible to audiences.

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    Acknowledgement in "La Boheme" playbill and 25th Anniversary commemorative poster designed by our virtual artist, J. Matthew Root.

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    A pair of PRIME tickets to your choice of performance of Boheme Opera NJ's "La Boheme": Opening-April 24 at 8pm OR Matinee-April 26 at 4pm.

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    Listing as a sponsor in the "La Boheme" playbill and access for 2 to staging rehearsals and production week, along with 2 ADDITIONAL PRIME TICKETS TO OPENING NIGHT.

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