AUSTRIA – La Bohème, composed by Giacomo Puccini, was performed for the first time in 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy. It was an immediate success and is still successful today. This was confirmed by its recent staging during the St. Margarethen Opera Festival in the Römersteinbruch (a Roman quarry). The quarry has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2001 and is the largest natural stage in Europe. For this reason, it makes an impressive setting for operatic performances.
Lighting designer and programmer Michael Grundner, event designer Ernst Hainisch and production manager Christoph Trauner (the latter two from Multisound) used 22 Clay Paky Alpha Profile 1500s, along with an MA system to manage the lights.
Grundner underlined that: “The Clay Paky Alpha Profile 1500s won me over with their great brightness and the way it is possible to change and shape their graphic effects.” Regarding his lighting design, Grundner continued: “From the scenic point of view, La Bohème takes place in a very intimate environment. Since the stage at St. Margarethen is very large and it was necessary to limit the spaces in a precise way, we mainly used the Clay Paky Alpha Profile 1500s for front and side lighting. They were by far the best choice and the only one possible considering their brightness and the accuracy of their beam shapers. Although the opera began at sunset, and therefore in the daylight, these moving lights were clearly visible right from the start.”