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Outdoor Opera Carmen

Sydney, Australia

In a bold endeavour to “claim their patch” of one of the most beautiful views on earth, Site Designers of Opera Australia’s Carmen erected a 40 tonne, purpose-built stage on Sydney Harbour for their spell-binding 2013 production. Our Australian Service Providers, Clifton Productions, installed The BOX Seat 901 and 908 models just meters from the water’s edge so that, as a spectator, you could feel that “you weren’t sitting in an audience: you were in the play with the performers” (Eamon D’Arcy, Carmen Site Designer).

The BOX Seat’s rapid installation facility lent itself exceptionally well to the challenge of completing the entire outdoor venue in just a few short weeks. Overlooking the world-renowned Opera House and Harbour Bridge and boasting a 7 metre high Hollywood-style sign of the production’s title, Opera Australia’s adaptation has been dubbed “the most spectacular show of the year” and seen opera lovers from around the world travel to take their place among the crowd for a truly unforgettable experience.

The tight-folding design of the 901, and the maximised row depth as a result, has a wealth of benefits to an event setting as well. Briefly, decreasing the time taken to reach vendor facilities increases a venue’s revenue potential. Improving access and egress from the event enhances crowd safety and also lowers a venue’s operational overheads – security and cleaning personnel and power costs.