Decision to purchase
Still faced with requests for moving fixtures front of house and a positive experience on “Agrippina” the decision was made to seek a FOH moving head fixture for permanent installation and further research for a suitable solution commenced. “We went through quite an exhaustive process with shootouts and demos from a lot of manufacturers,” Bennison states. “But when we chipped away at the bits of criteria, overall the unit that was most suited for our needs was the Artiste Picasso and its low decibel level was very hard to beat. We chose the units specifically to preserve the visitor experience in terms of background noise levels.” Additionally the quality of light – the color temperature and color quality – was also a determining factor. “It has a really clear, flat, good quality beam.”
A good indicator
The decision by one of the world’s leading opera houses to invest in a new, state-of-the-art moving head was significant. The team at the Royal Opera House was also aware John Froelich at another of the world’s great opera companies, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, had chosen Elation Artiste series units for its new repertory plot, an acquisition that provided a degree of reassurance for going in the right direction.
Part of Elation’s award-winning Artiste series, the Artiste Picasso has found service on concert tours, special events, theatre and television. Housing a 620W white LED engine, it produces a powerfully crisp output of 23,000 lumens and includes theatrically useful design features like graphics, animation wheel, zoom and framing. The Picasso units, delivered by WL in August and outfitted with custom gobo templates prior to rigging, complement the existing arc source moving heads and LED wash light movers to provide increased flexibility in the venue’s front-of-house positions. WL, who has worked closely with the venue for many years, also provides after sale support when needed.
Cally Bacchus, Managing Director at Elation’s distribution partner Entedi, states: “The team at the ROH is an elite group with exceptional technical knowledge, who maintain incredibly high standards at what is one of the most prestigious theatres in the UK. When they contacted us regarding the Elation units, we were very happy to arrange a demonstration, believing as we do that the Artiste Picasso product is fast becoming an industry standard LED moving light profile fixture. It is exciting to receive such an overwhelmingly positive response from this highly respected establishment.”
The Royal Opera House’s 2021/2022 season began in September with an ambitious program that features eleven new productions, including five world premieres, classic revivals and an exciting roster of international and UK talent. The Royal Opera opened its new season with a new production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” with lighting by Fabiana Piccioli, which proved to be the debut performance for the ROH’s Picasso fixtures. The fixtures have also been used on “Alice’s Adventures Underground,” also lit by Fabiana Piccioli, as well as “La Bohème” with lighting by Mimi Jordan Sherin.