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White Light Provides Lighting for Garsington Opera Season
UK – Every summer, Garsington Opera offers a programme of innovative and unforgettable operatic work. Beginning life at Garsington Manor in 1989, it has run annually ever since, moving to the Wormsley Estate in 2011 which is its current home. The 2016 season features four productions from some of the most renowned composers of all-time and White Light has been called upon to provide the lighting equipment for the tenth year running.
Running from 3rd June to 17th July, this year’s Garsington Opera season includes Eugene Onegin, L’Italiana In Algeri, Idomeneo and The Creation. The senior production electrician on the show is Sam Floyd on behalf of Floyd Technical Services.
He comments: “My role on the season is to work alongside the lighting designer and make their vision a reality. This year was slightly different in the respect that we had three designers: Malcolm Rippeth, Giuseppe di Iorio along with Mark Henderson who was lighting The Creation – our co-production with Rambert. Therefore it was a case of collaborating closely with each to ensure we chose the correct equipment to complement all four shows.”
To do this, Sam drew on Martin MAC Aura XBs, MAC Viper Performances, MAC Viper Washes along with ETC Revolutions, Clay Paky Alpha Washes, SGM P-5 Washlights and an ETC Eos Control system.
Sam states: “Thanks to WL’s extensive lighting range, we were able to select the exact equipment we needed. This year, reflecting the industry trend, we decided to use equipment that was largely LED. Not only was this environmentally friendly but also managed to achieve the exact feel we required.”
Sam and his team also had to contend with the actual layout of the venue. He comments: “What makes Garsington so unique is the fact that it is a non-traditional space. That said, this does throw up some challenges; the main one being that the stage left half of the venue is exposed to daylight! Therefore, on particularly bright days, you often have to work with the sun in the first act. This meant ensuring that the equipment we chose was flexible and could adapt to the temperamental English weather!”
Prior to the equipment load-in, Sam and his team visited WL’s Wimbledon base where they pre-rigged for three days. This was then transported to the Wormsley Estate where it was set-up over a period of five days, before entering three weeks of technical previews.
Garsington Opera has now opened to rave reviews, with this season proving to be one of the most successful yet.
Sam adds: “We are absolutely delighted with how well every show has been received with both audiences and critics alike. We are also very grateful to WL for providing us with such great equipment and customer service.”
Jedd Hamilton, WL’s hire manager, states: “Garsington Opera is a great show for us to work on, largely due to its outdoor location and fantastic programming. We are also currently supplying the lighting on the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre season, which is another example of us working with an outdoor and non-traditional theatre space – something we expect to do more of across the summer months.”
28th June 2016
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