Ulster Touring Opera to Launch New Company, Announces Augmented Reality ‘Don Giovanni’

By Logan Martell

Launching on October 2, 2020, Ulster Touring Opera is a new cross-border company based in Belfast, Ireland.

The company aims to bring world-class performances of famous works to audiences through the nine counties which make up the region of Ulster.

The organization’s first fully-staged opera will be Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” set to open its tour in 2021.

UTO’s mission also includes the use of of Augmented Reality technology to bring opera into people’s homes. Partnering with companies such as Volograms and Sentireal, the Augmented Reality Opera Project will allow viewers a new perspective into “Don Giovanni’s” final moments through their smartphone or tablet.

The cast includes Ross Ramgobin in the title role, with bass Alan Ewing as the Commendatore. They will work with Artistic Director Dafydd Hall Williams to film in a 3D studio and create the virtual layout of the set and characters.

“Thanks to the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, we will be able to bring world-class opera to people’s doorsteps across Ulster,” writes Williams. “From Letterkenny to Armagh and from Cavan to Newtownabbey we will work tirelessly to bring the beauty of opera back into people’s lives at this challenging time. We’re also thrilled to be working with Sentireal and Volograms to explore how cutting-edge immersive technology can help us find and reach the audiences of the future. The magical power of opera will inspire audiences and artists of the future – by bringing opera home.”