Projecting the voice : audience responses to ICT-mediated contemporary opera

Lin, Y and Williams, AE ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9737-5375 2014, 'Projecting the voice : audience responses to ICT-mediated contemporary opera' , New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, 20 (3) .

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Abstract

This paper examines how audiences experience live opera performance and the behaviours they exhibit during live-streaming of the performance. It aims to contribute to our understanding of how audiences, who increasingly inhabit an environment saturated with digital media, respond to contemporary opera performance. Based on a comparative study of audience experiences and behaviours during a live opera performance and the streamed opera screening, we investigate whether digital mediation affects audience appreciation, and whether streaming live opera means the same thing to an audience as the unmediated performance. We firstly outline the conception, design and performance of a contemporary opera and its simultaneous streaming to nearby digital screens. Then, we report the evaluation of the project as measured by a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods during the rehearsals, the live performance and the screening. As one of the few social studies of contemporary classical music in Britain, our study of opera audience behaviours sheds light on the challenges and opportunities afforded by digital technologies for opera companies. Understanding how audiences appreciate digital operas offers practical advice on how theatres and opera companies could respond to new forms of digital activities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: opera, digital opera, contemporary music, streaming, audience, mixed method research, classic music,
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: No
ISSN: 1361-4568
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Funders: Arts Council England (ACE), University of Salford
Depositing User: Dr. Yu-Wei Lin
Date Deposited: 28 May 2013 13:25
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2019 16:00
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/29236

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