Enhancing the impact of Australian performing arts: virtual scenography and opera for the 21st century

Kim Vincs
Richard Mills AM

This research was funded (partially or fully) by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.

Digitally created virtual 3D scenography has the potential to create immersive stage environments that re-imagine and re-tool the artistic language of opera production for the 21st century, and to re-model the economics of live theatre production through reducing touring costs. This project, a partnership with Victorian Opera, explores the artistic and economic potential of 3D virtual scenography through three landmark productions, The Flying Dutchman, Four Saints in Three Acts and The Snow Queen. 

In these productions, the performers are integrated within spectacular CG landscapes and characters, which the audience views using 3D glasses. These highly successful works delighted audiences and drew exceptional reviews, awards and nominations, including finalist in the non-game category of Unity’s international Unite awards for The Flying Dutchman.