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Video Published: 20 May 2020

New Technologies and Their Impact: Panel Discussion

Opera has a history of theatrical innovation stretching back centuries. Over the last 50 years alone, translation systems, new lighting and projection techniques, HD transmissions — and even holographs — have changed the way audiences experience the art form. More recently, companies have pivoted to social media and other virtual connections to remain in contact with stakeholders, but only a few artists and producers have begun to create work specifically for the digital medium. Panelists discuss the potential for broadening the art form for 21st century technology, and the need to make digital media a central part of new business models.

New Technologies and Their Impact is sponsored by Threshold Acoustics.


Ed Harsh, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music (moderator)
Anne Hiatt, General Managing Diva, Opera on Tap
Carleen Graham, Director, HGOco, Houston Grand Opera
Joe Kluger, Principal, WolfBrown
Douglas McLennan, Editor, ArtsJournal
Kamala Sankaram, Composer
L. Michelle Smith, Executive and Business Coach, Author, and Principal of no silos communications group


Conference Sponsors and Institutional Funders:

National Endowment for the Arts
Bank of America
Wallace Foundation
Fisher Dachs Associates
Music Publishers Association
Threshold Acoustics Act 1 Tours
Arts Consulting Group
Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates