Òpera Oberta and research and education networks bring opera to students across the world
Allowing students interested in the arts to experience cultural performances is central to sharing knowledge and helping them learn. However, the scale and size of many productions, such as operas, mean that they cannot be staged locally due to a lack of resources and budget.
To introduce students to opera by combining world-class performances with the latest broadcasting technologies, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona has created the Òpera Oberta programme.
La fille du regiment, ©David Cabrera
The number of universities involved and their locations across the globe make simultaneous transmission a technical challenge. This is solved through a collaboration between a growing number of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and their international counterparts.
Performances are broadcast simultaneously using multicast technology across national and international research and education networks, such as GÉANT and RedIRIS, providing a compelling experience for students around the world.
Wherever they are students can learn about and experience the beauty of opera through high quality broadcasts, thanks to the collaboration between Òpera Oberta and research and education networks.
Since its foundation in 2001, Òpera Oberta has grown rapidly, and now has an average of 1,300 students from universities in Europe and Latin America watching every broadcast.
Over the last 12 years, operas from composers as varied as Britten, Mozart and Donizetti have been shared globally through Òpera Oberta’s broadcasts.
By merging art, academia and technology thousands of students across the world have been introduced to opera, providing a rich cultural and learning experience thanks to the combination of Òpera Oberta and the power and reach of research and education networks.