Google Glass to be used for one-off staging of Puccini’s Turandot

‘We want to communicate the art of opera hoping that it will engage and interest people who normally dont go to see performances,’ says opera company’s manager

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An Italian opera company will don Google Glass for an upcoming staging of Puccini’s Turandot. Singers, orchestral musicians and stagehands from the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, in Sardinia, will wear the futuristic headsets at shows starting 30 July, allowing internet users to watch the opera from each unique point of view.

“We want to communicate the art of opera hoping that it will engage and interest people who normally dont go to see performances,” Mauro Meli, the opera company’s general manager, told the New York Times. Watching an opera from the perspective of a soprano can be compared to the thrill of watching a football game through the eyes of a midfielder: “If a soccer player wore Google Glass, youd see the ball coming,” Meli said.

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