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Classical 101

Opera Company Offers High-Tech Opera Supertitles via Google Glass

Next month, opera lovers could glimpse the future at a performance of a 250-year-old opera. On Thursday, June 19, 2014, New York City's On Site Opera will use software from Figaro Systems to project translated supertitles of the libretto of Baroque-era composer Jean-Philippe Rameau's Pygmalion to patrons via Google Glass hardware, according to the New York Times' ArtsBeat blog. If Google Glass catches on, the high-tech delivery system could eventually eliminate the tried-and-true method of projecting supertitles to seat-back screens, adopted by larger companies like the Metropolitan Opera, or even the clunky over-stage projection screens that still appear at performances of smaller opera companies. Eric Einhorn, founder and artistic director of On Site Opera, says he plans also to explore "more adventurous applications" of the high-tech software/hardware combo. But there is one catch for the company's June 19 performance: each patron must bring his or her own Google Glass. Oh, and there's another catch, too: a consumer model of Google Glass is not yet available, and the test version costs $1,500. Read more: Opera Glasses, Google Edition (NYT)