Next Stage Grants

Finnish National Opera & Ballet - XR Stage - Next Stage Grants ©FNOB



The “XR Stage” project aims to develop a functional digital twin of the physical opera stage. The purpose is to modernize the production process of the performances from the artistic design work and decision-making, to engineering and manufacturing, and all the way down to stage operations during rehearsal period. Virtualization of the stage addresses several topics around the artistic quality, operational efficiency, and sustainability of the productions. Virtual model illustrates the set in its final form, and it can be processed further on-line without need for travel. It is a reliable input for engineering and provides early access to the scenes for the lighting and projections’ design.

Technically the concept is built on the gamification, using common game development engine as a platform. Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s “XR Stage” project is divided into sub-projects, which introduce new features to the virtual stage gradually. The most important are integration of the lighting control system and stage operations system, development of online multi-user workspace, and easy-to-use tools for importing and managing the elements on virtual stage. The entity will be a digital representation of the stage, enabling emulating scenery of the production, including lighting, projections and set changes.

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Project Team

The FNOB XR Stage project team consists of three active team members and three persons assigned to support functions. The team is guided by the FNOB Production Director and Technical Director. The team is:

Hannu Järvensivu - Project Manager 

Kalle Rasinkangas - Technical Expert 

Petri Sarkkila - Technical Expert 

Markku Hietala - Support - Set elements import 

Mikko Parviainen - Support - Set elements import 

Annastina Haapasaari - Support - Communications, coordination with Opera Beyond 

Timo Tuovila -  Project steering 

Jere Pensikkala - Project steering


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