The Royal Opera House in central London is following in the footsteps of Hollywood blockbusters such as Avatar and Alice In Wonderland – by going 3D.
The world-renowned venue announced that it will be the “first opera house to film and distribute full-length productions in 3D for a mass audience”.
The first work to get the 3D treatment will be Bizet’s Carmen, which will be filmed next month for release this autumn.
Francesca Zambello’s production will be filmed using 3D cameras over two sessions, during which the complete opera will be performed with the cast including Christine Rice, Bryan Hymel and Aris Argiris.
Students and other audiences will be able to snap up discounted tickets for the sessions, with prices being slashed due to the filming work.
The London venue plans to show more operas as well as ballets in this way, with further details to be announced.
It said it is partnering up with 3D cinema technology provider RealD, which will show the production around the world.
Recent feature films shown in RealD include Avatar, Alice In Wonderland, Up, and Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs.
Royal Opera House productions are already available in high definition 2D in cinemas around the world.
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