For an opera company to thrive over the course of four decades, being in tune with ongoing trends and the constantly changing digital landscape is crucial. Boston Lyric Opera has established itself as a lead player in the space where the opera world and digital worlds collide.
The company has a strong and growing 'Tweet Seat' campaign, in which invited theatergoers are encouraged to live tweet during dress rehearsals. BLO's latest initiative is a Virtual Reality (VR) video that immerses viewers in a rehearsal for its upcoming production of The Rake's Progress.
Check out the video below!
For the best smartphone viewing experience: Use the YouTube App, make sure you're connected to a wifi network, and select the highest video quality available. It won't play at the best quality over the cell networks.
Commonly Asked Questions
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality is an immersive video experience that allows you to experience and interact with a 3D world. You can experience all 360° by clicking and dragging on the screen or by holding up your phone and moving it around while the video is playing.
If you have a VR headset (Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, etc.) you can watch the video on Youtube for the most immersive experience.
Do I need a VR headset to watch the video?
No, you can watch the 360° video on your smartphone or computer. The experience is more immersive if you have a VR headset.
How do I watch the 360° video on my phone?
Pan and rotate your smartphone to watch the video from different angles.
On your mobile device, use the latest version of the YouTube app. For the best viewing experience, make sure you're connected to a wifi network and change the quality to the highest. It won't play at the best quality over cell networks.
How do I watch the 360 video on my computer?
When watching the 360° video on a computer, the viewing angle is changed by dragging with the mouse.
Make sure you're using the latest version of your web browser (ex. Chrome, Firefox). Safari and Internet Explorer browsers do not support 360° videos.