Premieres in new building of Podlasie OperaOn Friday and Saturday (28-29.IX.2012) the audience applauded first performances in Opera - "The Haunted Manor" opera and "Korczak" musical. Stage systems installed by Consortium led by LTT have passed the final exam.
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic - European Centre for the Arts, one of the biggest cultural complexes in Poland, was built in Bialystok. The Opera's main stage have an auditorium for 800 guests, smaller stage, and choir, ballet and orchestra rehearsal rooms; there is also an outdoor amphitheater. A consortium led by LTT was be responsible for implementing stage technology in the Opera.
The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic is located at Kalinowski Street on a picturesque St. Magdalene's hill. The building merges with its surroundings - just like the hill's slopes, it will be covered with green. Prof. Marek Budzynski, one of Poland's most recognized architects and the designer of the Opera, is well known for his trademark use of living plants to decorate walls and rooftops, and his fondness for green-tinted materials; these elements feature prominently in his most famous works, the Warsaw Supreme Court building and the Warsaw University Library building.
Stage technology for the Opera was designed by EMWU-Projekt company. Consortium led by LTT was responsible for coordination of the executive designs for main hall, smaller hall, three rehearsal halls, and also for implementing those stage technologies in all of those halls. The consortium consisted of:
Within the consortium, the role of LTT was to coordinate the creation of the executive designs for stage technology, creating executive designs for lighting systems, implementing stage lighting and acoustics and delivery of additional equipment.
The main stage of the Opera features a very high (16 meters tall) portal, bringing the cubature of the hall up to 18000 cubic meters. A Wagner curtain has been installed. Upper stage machinery consist of 4 lighting bridges, 49 flybars parallel to the audience, plus 4 perpendicular flybars.
Lower stage machinery has four dual-level stage lifts and an orchestra lift. Each of the dual-level lifts' top levels have five removable trapdoors: on the lower level of stage lift, mobile stage lifts may be positioned in one of the five positions. There are two mobile lifts in total.
The stage has two wings (right and back). In the back wing, a full-width stage wagon with a mobile revolving stage is installed. The back stage also has six flybars for easier positioning of large decors. The side wing contains four stage wagons 3 by 14 meters each.
Ten bridges are located above the auditorium, under which glass acoustic panels are suspended. By moving the bridges and changing panel's suspension angles it is possible to freely adjust the acoustics of the auditorium. Two of the bridges also doubles as lighting bridges as well. Auditorium is surrounded by the acoustic curtains, which allow further adjustments to sound propagation. For concerts and similar events, the Opera also has foldable acoustic shell.
LTT provided also seats for the auditorium. The stage is additionally equipped with four sets of mobile tribunes with 96 seats each, allowing the auditorium to be extended onto the stage, depending on director's idea.
LTT provided a lighting control system based on Compulite Vector consoles and Compulite dimmers; system is based on the Ethernet protocol. 288 dimmer circuits is used. The Opera's fixture stock consists of e.g. Robert Juliat fixtures.
The smaller stage have a total cubature of 2100 cubic meters and will be able to hold around 130 guests, depending on the needs of the performance. The small stage will have a freely configurable auditorium thanks to four independent, mobile folding tribunes, 54 mechanically adjustable platforms with variable height located in the floor pit and 40 additional, mobile platforms.
Above stage a 6 electric flybars are located. As with the main stage, the lighting control system is based on Compulite equipment. Over 70 circuits is used.
Three rehearsal rooms will also be equipped with acoustic walls and acoustic screens on ceiling.