7 Sopranos bring high-tech opera to the IPAC

The 7 Sopranos will stage the world premiere of their new production this weekend in Wollongong.

The 7 Sopranos will stage the world premiere of their new production this weekend in Wollongong.

Groundbreaking Australian-first technology will be premiered in Wollongong when the opera Reverie plays at the IPAC on Saturday.

A production of the chart-conquering 7 Sopranos group of divas, Reverie is a pastiche in the original form of the word - a collection of popular operatic songs performed in the one work.

Tunes from Westside Story, My Fair Lady and La Boheme collide in a story of a diva looking back on her career.

"Pastiche developed in the 18th century. It's a night out at the opera with a completely different twist," said Reverie director Tarita Botsman.

Reverie has been a year in the making and premieres at the IPAC on Saturday. This weekend will be something of a trial run for new performance technology.

In place of traditionally cumbersome, lumbering physical sets and backdrops, digital screens and projections are used to fill the stage and add colour to the production.

Rehearsals for the 7 Sopranos production.

Rehearsals for the 7 Sopranos production.

Ms Botsman said a former producer for the Sydney VIVID festival created the projections, modelled after new technology being trialled in the New York Metropolitan Opera.

"Nobody has done anything like this in Australia," Ms Botsman said.

"It's the latest cutting-edge technology. Particularly for a genre like opera, it makes the fantastical seem possible."

The production will look to tour Australia later in 2014 but for now, Saturday is the only chance to see Reverie. For more information, see here.

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