The Rape of Lucretia: from stage to screen

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Fiona Shaw’s highly acclaimed production of The Rape of Lucretia was one of our broadcasts this year.

Lucretia was streamed in cinemas, and online on this page and at telegraph.co.uk on Sunday 9 August.

Glyndebourne has long believed in bringing opera to new audiences and in new ways, but just what goes into taking an opera from stage to screen?


Cameras are set up in the auditorium


The Lucretia timeline

  • 2010

    Decision taken to stage Lucretia in Festival 2015

  • Early 2014

    Decision taken to film and broadcast Lucretia in Festival 2015

  • Summer 2014

    Terms agreed to acquire filming and broadcast intellectual property rights with: artists, creative team, orchestra, chorus and other rights holders

    Discussions begin with media partners about broadcast plans for summer 2015

    Broadcast and filming dates agreed to fit in with Festival schedule – ensuring sufficient time for ‘get-in’, rigging, camera tests, lighting, etc.

  • Autumn 2014

    Co-producers, licensees and TV broadcasters identified; production team, broadcast plans and contract agreed

    Auditorium seats booked for camera positions on filming nights

    Satellite slots reserved for testing

    Live broadcast times agreed

    Film directors invited to model showing with stage director and designer

    Artistic plans for filming prepared

  • January 2015

    Detailed filming schedule prepared

    Film director and full production team engaged, including sound, lighting, camera operators, technicians, live subtitles and broadcast engineers

    Outside broadcast (OB) facilites booked

  • March 2015

    Tickets for cinema broadcasts go on sale

  • April 2015

    Formal film production planning meeting held with production team, external OB and satellite engineers, and Glyndebourne technical departments

  • May 2015

    Lucretia rehearsals start

    Media and filming team meet with director and artists to review filming and broadcast plans

    Film director attends rehearsals to continue preparation

  • 29 June and 3 July 2015

    Lucretia pre-dress and final dress rehearsals

    Cameras film a ‘scratch tape’, used to create a detailed camera script outlining position and directions for each camera

    Planning meetings between stage, creative and film production teams

  • 5 July 2015

    Lucretia opening night

  • 15-16 July 2015

    Sound recording equipment arrives and is fully rigged on stage and in the pit

  • 17 July 2015

    Performance three: audio balance test

    Artists arrive early to be fitted with radio microphones.

    Full audio recording made for balancing purposes

  • 3 August

    OB van arrives at Stage Door

    Filming equipment moved into auditorium

  • 4 August

    Performance 6: first recording

    Seats removed and eight cameras fully rigged and tested in auditorium

    Satellite tests with cinemas

    Filming and recording of performance made with a mix from the eight cameras and each individual camera recorded

    Seats returned that evening and cameras de-rigged (for different opera performance next day)

  • 5-8 August

    Detailed notes made of first recording revisions to camera script

  • 9 August

    Performance 7: second recording and live broadcast


    Seats removed and cameras rigged


    Second series of satellite tests with cinemas


    Live broadcast to cinemas and online


    Second recording made


    Seats returned to auditorium and all cameras and recording equipment fully de-rigged


    OB van departs

  • September-December 2015

    Editing and post-production of all recordings made from two live performances, in discussion with conductor and stage director

  • January 2016

    Final edited master delivered to Glyndebourne.

    We provide master to TV broadcasters, video-on-demand and DVD licensees

  • Spring 2016

    DVD and Blu-ray released and available in the Glyndebourne Shop


Capturing live coverage direct from the stage


Supporting our broadcasts

If you or your company would like to enable more people to see our productions through online streaming or cinema screening, please contact us to find out about opportunities to support us in our broadcast and digital work:

Andrew Higgins
Director of Development
+44 (0)1273 815 400
andrew.higgins@glyndebourne.com