‘Opera and the Media of the Future’ Web Opera Commission and ‘Unseen Enemy’ Video

Two great news items here at REFRAME today:

  1. We announce a web opera commission for a new project Opera and the Media of the Future please scroll down for full details.
  2. A reminder that REFRAME has launched its latest Conversations project: its new video Unseen Enemy: War Stories in Public Spaces about the British National Army Museum’sUnseen Enemy” exhibition. The video had its world premiere in a screening at a panel on “Contemporary Soldiering, Self- representation and Popular Culture” at the 64th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, in Seattle, USA, on May 26th, 2014. You can watch it below and find further information about it at its very own REFRAME page: https://reframe.sussex.ac.uk/conversations/archive2014/unseen_enemy/

REFRAME announces a web opera commission for a new project Opera and the Media of the Future: A Sussex/Glyndebourne Research Initiative

The Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre at the University of Sussex announces a new research project with Glyndebourne Opera, to be initiated by a two-day event which will be held at Glyndebourne on 24th & 25th October, 2014.

Opera and the Media of the Future will bring together academics and opera professionals to consider the impact of opera cinecasts upon the way that audiences engage with opera today, and to look ahead to see how new digital, web-based and mobile media platforms might shape the future forms of opera.

We are pleased to announce a modest commission for a small web-based opera work to be ‘premiered’ at the conference in October. If accepted, this piece will be hosted by  REFRAME (https://reframe.sussex.ac.uk/). It should be ready for testing by the 10th of October and will ‘go live’ on the 23rd.

Deadline for submission of proposals is 3rd July 2014. Results will be announced on July 17th. There will be an all-inclusive commission fee of £500.

The Brief:
This ‘opera’ will exist online. It will be encountered by its audience via a website, here at REFRAME. You may include mobile technology if you wish.  The opera may be any duration (including very short, as this is only a modest commission) or may not be time-based at all. It may have interactive elements. There will ideally be something to see, and something to hear. Preference will be given to the most innovative re-imaginations of the operatic form for this medium. You should consider the following questions:

  • What does opera ‘mean’ on this scale and through this medium?
  • How can you engage your audience?
  • What is your work’s relation to the ‘live’?
  • In what sense is it ‘operatic’ – eg are there elements of traditional opera such as singing, plot, spectacle, scenography, etc? Have you significantly re-imagined these elements?
  • Is there a sense (real or implied) that the opera is happening in a real place to which we are linked via the internet or is it taking place entirely in virtual space?

Please send via email, with subject heading ‘Web Opera Proposal’:

  • Your proposal (500 words)
  • Description of your technical needs (max 500 words)
  • Your CV

To:  Evelyn Ficarra <e.j.ficarra@sussex.ac.uk>

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