The 3D opera battle commences

Operatic history was made this week with the screening of an opera in 3D for the first time. English National Opera’s production Lucrezia Borgia was broadcast live on Sky Arts 2, Sky 3D, and in selected cinemas nationwide.

Meanwhile, the Royal Opera House is preparing for its own 3D release. Francesca Zambello's production of Carmen was filmed as a 3D feature film, to be released in the UK on 4 March, and later screened in 1,000 cinemas in North America, 600 in Europe and 400 in Asia and Australia.

Both ENO and the ROH view 3D as a means of reaching out to new audiences across the world, making opera accessible and affordable.

Bob Jones found out about both productions. Listen now