The Opera Machine

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Westminster, England’s Royal Opera House is hoping to change the societal misconceptions that surround opera with The Opera Machine. Offering a unique behind-the-scenes look at their production of Wagner’s classic “Die Walküre,” the online page shows that opera is much more than a couple of people singing on stage. Hear the deputy stage manager call cues, see a close-up of the horns in the orchestra, watch what happens underneath trapdoors or the technical crew (and two firemen) silently set up the stage to go on fire—or just enjoy the performance from the audience’s perspective. No matter which of the 17 camera angles you select, your appreciation for opera—not to mention any musical or theatrical production in general—is guaranteed to grow.