In July 2014 the project Improvement of Functionality of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera was extended to include new tasks. An appropriate annex to the subsidy agreement was signed on 21 July 2014. As a result the cost of the project has reached PLN 40 835 213, with PLN 28 306 342 being provided by the EU subsidy.
The additional tasks include:
- modernisation of the orchestra’s rehearsal room
- renovation of the dressing rooms
- digitalisation of ballet archives and creation of a searchable database of ballet productions on www.teatrwielki.pl
- maintenance and administration of a system for managing digital resources and provision of an efficient Internet connection
- creation of a system of recording and transmission of sound and vision to enable the broadcasting of performances via a streaming service
- modernisation of the plafond lights in the foyer
The modernisation of the orchestra’s rehearsal room significantly improved the comfort of work for the orchestra and choir. The room is now fit to host rehearsals for individual singers and groups of vocalists with the accompaniment of the piano or mechanical music, and orchestra rehearsals for operas and ballets reflecting the setting of the orchestra in the pit in Moniuszko Auditorium and concert setting on the proscenium. This may be achieved thanks to appropriate devices and the room’s acoustics. Now the rehearsal room may house even 180 members of the orchestra, choir, and soloists.
The modernisation of the dressing rooms created more favourable conditions for the ballet artists, musicians, singers, and choir to get ready to release and perform, affecting around 300 artists in total, as well as guest artists working on the premieres. Work was done to 109 dressings rooms, measuring c. 2000 sq. meters in total. During two summer holidays of 2014 and 2015, walls, floors and ceilings of the rooms were repaired and painted afresh, old furnishing and bathroom fixtures in the neighbouring toilets replaced, new carpets and tiling fitted, and soundproof insulation replaced. The rooms were fitted with fireproof, smoke-proof and sound-absorbent doors.
Digitalised ballet resources available on a searchable database online are an invaluable tool for young people, teachers, journalists, and academics studying the field of musicology, theatre studies, or history of dance outside of Warsaw. The work follows up on the digitalisation and processing of 7420 sheets of archival documents, many pertaining to opera, and 54 music excerpts, and the creation of a database of selected press reviews and opera performances from 1945–2012. The new website is attuned to the WCAG 2.0 requirements. Also the mobile version of teatrwielki.pl was created, along with a virtual tour of the Teatr Wielki featuring elements of interactive sectional view, 6 ballet lessons, 600 biographic notes of opera artists and a chronicle of the Warsaw opera house.
Thanks to the new system of recording and transmitting sound and vision, the Theatre may now reach out to a wider audience in Poland and abroad by streaming its ballet and opera performances via its own online service. This is a useful tool for promoting Polish ballet and opera internationally, and is in line with the official cultural policy, which aims, among other things, at creating digitalizing Poland’s cultural heritage and making public domain resources available online.
The electrics in the area of the foyer was put in place in the early 1960s. As part of the project, the covers of the plafond lights in the foyer – suffering from considerable wear and tear – were replaced with new ones. Apart from upgrading the electrical installation as a whole, the modernisation brought new lightning possibilities, allowing, for instance, for a change of the light’s colour.
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