You've heard of silent disco? Opera Australia have upped the ante with a live 'silent opera' – staged by starlight on the steps of Sydney Opera House this spring. For the upcoming production The Eighth Wonder, audience members will be tuning in via state-of-the-art headphone sets to hear the action as it unfolds in front of them on the Opera House forecourt. The singers, chorus and orchestra will perform live – the singers in plain view, and the orchestra from within the building; but all will be mic'd and transmitted to 3000-or-so audience members via wireless headphones.
When you add this to the giant inflatable screens on the Opera House steps, the 3D-printed on site bar, and the open access cricket pitch, Sydney Opera House – The Opera is shaping up to be quite the conversation starter.
There are just five performances of The Eighth Wonder.