Krakow Opera

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Top photo: Krakow Opera interior. Building design by Romuald Loegler

In 2008, LTT led a consortium that was responsible for the design and implementation of stage technology for a new building of the Krakow Opera. The building, designed by architect Romuald Loegler, has three main halls: the Large Stage with an auditorium for 764 guests and a 443 square meters stage, a smaller stage with variable audience capacity (from 100 to 180 guests) and a choir and ballet rehearsal room. The project included electro-acoustics, acoustic elements, lighting and overstage and understage mechanics.

Consortium led by LTT

By creating a consortium, LTT was able to offer the Krakow Opera a comprehensive implementation. The consortium consisted of the following companies:

  • LTT (project coordination, lighting technology, acoustics)
  • EMWU-Projekt (coordination of the stage technology design)
  • Bosch Rexroth (lower stage mechanics and mechanics control system)
  • Promont (upper stage mechanics)
  • M. Ostrowski (electro-acoustics)

Mechanics

Understage mechanics are based on a hydraulic system. The main stage has 6 stage lifts, three of which were further divided into secondary stage lifts, which increases staging possibilities. Secondary lifts have electromechanical drive. Stage lifts were also installed for the orchestra and the drop warehouse.

The orchestra lift has been divided into two independent parts — front and back. This way, the orchestra can be seated in different configuations. The orchestra lift can also be levelled with the stage, thus increasing its size, or with the audience, allowing additional seats to be placed.

Overstage mechanics consist of 30 fly bars and 4 point hoists. The wing stages are equipped in 2 gantry cranes. The smaller stage uses TV-style integrated fly bar hoists.

Acoustics and sound system

The M. Ostrowski company has installed in the Opera a sound system, intercom system for the stage manager and a stage action preview system.

LTT lined the walls of the auditorium with acoustic elements. Regulated acoustic canopies were installed under the ceiling; auditorium seats were also selected with regard to their acoustic properties.

Lighting and projection system

The Krakow Opera's multimedia projection solution is unique; it is one of the few systems in Poland that allow four projectors to be synchronized and their projected images joined together into a single large image in 2x2 or panoramic layout. Four Christie projectors working in 3x DLP technology receive video from two Coolux media servers, managed by Coolux Media Manager software. The software allows all projections to be synchronized down to a single frame. To avoid quality losses stemming from long distances that the Full HD signal generated by the servers needs to travel, it is being transmitted by Ethernet.

The whole system is controlled by a lighting console and fully synchronized with the show. This kind of link between projection and lighting systems makes it possible to have a single control center for the whole show and allows simultaneous changes in lighting and video.

The lighting system consists of consoles and dimmers from Compulite and Selecon lights. The Opera has two separate dimmer rooms, which shortens the average cable length between dimmers and lights. Dimmers work in a Compunet network, which makes it possible to monitor them remotely from the control room.

The control system consists of Compulite consoles and uses the Ethernet protocol. A wireless control system, allowing lighting parameters to be changed from anywhere on the stage, has also been installed.