Sound transmission from next door

Stage here,
orchestra there.

We are experiencing one of the most innovative and exciting seasons in the history of Zurich Opera House. With the currently prescribed COVID-19 distance rules, opera operations with large collectives such as orchestra and choir in the orchestra pit and on stage are not feasible without painful changes to the work itself or drastic reduction of instrumentation. Out of the firm will to nevertheless present music theater in its full range, a completely new game model was developed for the opera house. 

The large collectives such as orchestra and choir are played live from an external rehearsal room into the performances to the ensemble and the audience. To ensure that the orchestra can be heard in the hall, the sound of each instrument in the rehearsal room is picked up by at least one microphone and transmitted to the auditorium of the Opera House. There, one of the most modern surround sound systems in the world is installed, which can reproduce any sound at any location via countless loudspeakers. The surround sound system was already installed a few years ago, but for the live broadcast, new lines had to be laid, highly complex audio and video interfaces installed and configured, and of course mixing consoles, monitors, microphones, cameras and loudspeakers provided. 

It's no small thing if the choir cannot stand on stage, if the soloists* have to keep their distance and the orchestra is not allowed to sit in the pit. But for all of us it means: opera and ballet can take place!

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40 microphones for the orchestra, 20 microphones for the choir, 1 camera for the conductor and 1,000 meters of 10 gigabit fiber optic cable: this is how our "sound transmission from next door" works, with which the orchestra and choir of Zurich Opera House are transmitted live from the rehearsal room on Kreuzplatz to the auditorium of the Opera House. With this play model, we can play our planned program for the 2020/21 season with only minor changes, despite the Corona pandemic.

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The additional costs for this sound transmission from next door amount to CHF 250,000. Support your opera house in the implementation of this worldwide unique game model. With your donation you are investing in your cultural and musical enjoyment! Thank you very much for supporting us during this extraordinary season. We would also like to thank the Friends of the Opera for their generous start-up financing.

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Sound transmission from next door


«To ensure that the public can still enjoy the full benefit of the event, a quite extraordinary effort is made; more than that, the measure is a world first»


A contribution of SRF Kulturplatz to the live broadcast can be found here. 

Der Weg des Sounds

40 microphones for the orchestra, 20 microphones for the choir, 1 camera for the conductor and 1,000 meters of 10 gigabit fiber optic cable: this is how our "sound transmission from next door" works, with which the orchestra and choir of Zurich Opera House are transmitted live from the rehearsal room on Kreuzplatz to the auditorium of the Opera House. With this play model, we can play our planned program for the 2020/21 season with only minor changes, despite the Corona pandemic.

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«Bei der Premiere von Mussorgskis Boris Godunow, einer wahrlich großen Oper, funktionierte alles fabelhaft gut. Die Soundanlage machte sogar die Orchesteraufstellung so plastisch, als säßen die Musiker im Graben.»