Silence and Christie BoldColor breathe new life into Verdi's Requiem


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The first representation of Verdi's Requiem was harshly criticized in his day for considering that he had sinned from an excessively operatic style - both musical and in the chosen ecclesiastical decoration - for a piece of religious theme. Gundula Kreuzer states: "Many saw a clear discrepancy between the religious text (with all its musical implications) and Verdi's scenography." For the new staging of Verdi's opera at the Auditori in Barcelona, ​​the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC) commissioned the Slidemania company to create a new visual imagery that would involve the audience in the emotional context of the piece.

"The OBC and the Auditori de Barcelona, ​​home of the symphony orchestra of the city, wanted to give a new dimension to the interpretation of Verdi's Requiem that transcended the simple fact of the concert, taking advantage of new technologies, but being at the same time with respect to the primacy of music and the subsidiarity of the screening ", explains Fausto Morales Gil, artistic director of Slidemedia. "This is how they proposed us to develop a projection that would accompany the approximately 90 minutes of the work," he adds.

 
Silence and Christie BoldColor breathe new life into Verdi's Requiem
The importance of silence.

The projection in blending covered the entire back wall of the auditorium (after the orchestra and the choir) plus part of the walls and side boxes, which the Slidemedia team had to mask to avoid dazzling the spectators. Between the sides and the front, an area of ​​approximately 70 by 12 meters was covered.

A sine qua non condition was that the projectors should emit zero noise, since in this type of events the silence must be absolute. That's why Slidemedia opted for the Christie HS Series phosphor laser models, which have a noise level of only 39 db. "The truth is that the little noise they generate exceeded the test of a public as demanding as that of the opera," says Fausto Morales.

The central projector was located in the middle of the auditorium, specifically in the cabin enabled for it, with an optical lens 2.0 and a projection distance of 41 meters. The other two side projectors were placed in the markets of the first amphitheater, where the images had the objective of creating the immersive sensation. The lenses used in this case were 1.2 and the projection distance of 38 meters.

One of the main challenges for Slidemedia was the architectural characteristics of the space: "The Auditori has very particular shapes, with plans in different orientations, large structures that support lights and audio systems," says Fausto Morales. "In addition, it has a coating on satin wood walls, we had to do a series of calculations in tests to make sure that the projection was going to be correct and have projectors of sufficient power as the Christies so that it would light up perfectly . "

For his part, Jorge Vilaplana, head of Product AV / Pro Charmex, says: "The HS series equipment is the ideal solution to achieve a high level of brightness and a low level of noise." They also provide incredible color thanks to BoldColor technology. "

Fausto Morales, from Slidemedia, also highlights the BoldColor technology incorporated in these devices, which achieves great fidelity and saturation of colors. "This technology is ideal for our type of work, since it is based on the spectacularity of the images and special effects.We create our contents mainly digitally and with 3D animation programs and motions graphics, so the saturation of the color It gives strength and fidelity to our images compared to what we see in our monitors at the time of editing, which is what interests us. "
The importance of support

The contents were released from a MacPro 2016 with 12Gb of graphics, 32Gb of RAM and several outputs to Full HD. The software used was Millumin 2, a program that among many functions has the option of blending / warping, ideal for mappings. The aspect ratio was 48: 9 and the resolution used was 5760x1200 pixels.

Fausto Morales does not want to miss the support given by Christie and his partner Charmex in this project. "The support provided has been decisive, since it would not have been possible to make this show under the conditions that were demanded by all the interested parties." Our relationship with Charmex has been close and productive for years. For our work, and that is something we value very positively In our studio in Sabadell (Barcelona), where good humor and creativity reign, we consider Christie as the Rolls Royce of the projectors, therefore we are honored and we hope to return to collaborate in future projects. "

Silence and Christie BoldColor breathe new life into Verdi's Requiem
Silence and Christie BoldColor breathe new life into Verdi's Requiem
Silence and Christie BoldColor breathe new life into Verdi's Requiem
Silence and Christie BoldColor breathe new life into Verdi's Requiem