Nationale Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam
Due to production needs for the 2020-2021 programming season at the Amsterdam Nationale Opera & Ballet, Kahle Acoustics was invited by Décor Atelier to design an orchestra shell for the 1 600-seat auditorium, one of the largest in The Netherlands. The Amsterdam Nationale Opera & Ballet is “the” home to the Dutch National Opera and the Dutch National Ballet. More than just a host, the theatre also produces a diverse programme of music, dance, opera where nearly everything is made-in-house — from the music and dance to the scenery, costumes, wigs, special effects and props.
Tuning/Intervention Nationale Opera & Ballet www.operaballet.nl
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Time Frame Winter 2020-2021.
Client Amsterdam Nationale Opera & Ballet Foundation, Amsterdam.
Venues The 1 600-seat auditorium is a unique location for opera and ballet performances, and also for conferences, presentations, awards, shows and premieres. The stage can be equipped with a large projection screen. Auditorium floor area 2 500 m².
Services The Amsterdam Nationale Opera & Ballet (NO&B's) had been longing for an orchestra shell for semi-scenic performances. Due to the pandemic, the need was made more prescient as orchestras could no longer perform in the pit. Productions were adapted to enable orchestras to perform on stage, and Kahle Acoustics was invited to help and design an orchestra shell for this purpose. The shell's purpose is to better on-stage communication and cohesion of the orchestral sections, and to support the orchestra sound projection towards the listeners, would any audience be allowed in the auditorium. The requirement was for the shell to be modular, in order to accommodate a wide range of production sets and also for storage purposes. Through the use of 3D-modeling and ray tracing, an architectural model was created by Kahle Acoustics, of which a production model was created by NO&B's workshop: Décor Atelier. Wooden elements (2.4 m by 1.15 m) were manufactured so as to fit on NO&B's rolling wagons, and for these wagons to fit into sea containers.
Kahle Acoustics then supported several opera productions, offering a specific tailored layout of the orchestra shell so as to fit appropriately into the theatrical scenery production. Kahle Acoustics also advised on orchestra seating arrangements and choir set-ups. And during rehearsals fine tuning was also executed by Kahle Acoustics in close collaboration with the production and musical staff.
Consultants Cees Mulder, Kahle Acoustics.