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Dallas Opera goes global with 2014 simulcast of Death and the Powers

Dallas Opera goes global with 2014 simulcast of Death and the Powers

Dallas Opera presents Death and the Powers
The final performance of Dallas Opera's Death and the Powers will be simulcast around the world. Photo courtesy of Dallas Opera
The retractable chandelier at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas.
The Winspear's eye-catching Moody Chandelier will be incorporated into the "global interactive simulcast." Photo by Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Dallas Opera presents Death and the Powers
The retractable chandelier at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas.

The Dallas Opera has had big successes with its simulcasts at Cowboys AT&T Stadium the past two years, and now it's setting its sights even bigger. What's bigger than an 80,000-seat football stadium? Try the world.

TDO plans to simulcast a performance of Death and the Powers, originating from Winspear Opera House on Sunday, February 16, 2014, around the globe, beaming the opera to locations as wide-ranging as San Francisco, New York City, Paris, London and Stockholm. Although specific spots have not been finalized, the opera hopes to have as many as 10 different locations in Europe and the U.S. participate.

But it won't merely be a simulcast; it'll be a "global interactive simulcast." The opera features robots from MIT's Media Lab, and audiences around the world will be able get a "robot's eye view" of the opera, as well see the show from the perspective of the main character, Simon Powers. They'll also be able to use smartphones and other handheld devices to interact with the performance and actually influence the visual elements in real time.

As if that weren't enough, the Winspear's Moody Chandelier will be incorporated both visually and aurally into the production, making for a unique experience for everyone in attendance.

Locals who can't be at the Winspear won't be out of luck, though; TDO also plans to simulcast the performance at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The museum will host a special exhibit related to the opera during its run here, as well as a series of lectures, demonstrations and workshops.

The Dallas Opera kicks off the 2013-2014 season on Friday, October 25, with Carmen, featuring — whaddya know? — another simulcast, this one within spitting distance of the Winspear at Klyde Warren Park.