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A closer look: big screen magnification for Capriccio

7 October 2014

A closer look: big screen magnification for Capriccio

Richard Strauss’s Capriccio is an opera for an ensemble of fabulous singing actors. In a great Capriccio (which is certainly what you’re going to see and hear at Lyric!), the detailed give-and-take between the performers is always a joy to watch. So that this aspect of the production can be more thoroughly appreciated by those in seats located at a fair distance from the stage, Lyric is installing IMAG (the audio-visual acronym for “image modification”) screens in the first balcony and upper balcony for October 9, 15, 22, and 28. - See more at:

Lyric Opera of Chicago adds Imag screens at select performances

Capriccio is an intimate show,” says Michael Smallwood, Lyric’s technical director. With the screens “we can give the audience in the balconies a closer view of facial expressions and very specific responses between the performers.”

For the Capriccio performances the two balconies will each have two screens, measuring 12’x 8’. “They’re custom screens that are grey rather than white,” Smallwood explains. “They’re also black on the back, so no light will translate through. They’re placed on the sides so they won’t obstruct anyone’s view of the stage or the projected titles.”

Coordinating the camera work will be a director from HMS Media, a company that has been collaborating with Lyric on various video projects for the past several seasons. The director will be stationed in the tech booth at the back of the Ardis Krainik Theatre’s main floor.

Sitting in the balconies, says Smallwood, “you can’t really pay that much attention to little details onstage. The IMAG system will give people a chance to get closer to not only the artists’ acting, but also it will show them the quality of the materials used to create the production. Of course, that’s especially true of the costumes. Suppose there’s a lot of intricate beading on a costume – when you’re in the balconies, but also even if you’re sitting near the back of the main floor, that’s something that can get lost and become just the color. I also think it’s great to be able to see people’s faces when they sing. You wantto see their faces – it makes you hear them better!”


For more information and to book tickets, visit our Capriccio page or call our audience services department at 312.827.5600

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