We are commissioning two short operas which will eventually become thrilling augmented reality performances.

Working with award-winning Northern Irish composers Deirdre McKay and Brian Irvine, these commissions will bring the magic of opera to life for young audiences using cutting-edge volumetric capture technology.

In Brian Irvine’s Ill Fitting Clothes, with words by Marta McIlduff, the character of Papagena from Mozart’s The Magic Flute will be brought to life as never before in a witty re-imagining of this mysterious and illusive woman.

Composer Deirdre McKay is collaborating with immersive opera expert Ruth Mariner for the first time to bring Mr. Tumnus into the world of augmented reality in the opera ‘When Narnia Was Frozen’. Ulster Touring Opera has the opportunity to introduce the work of Belfast-born writer C. S. Lewis to young audiences like never before thanks to the work of Northern Irish company Yellow Design. With a talented creative team and the recent announcement of UTO’s collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast to explore opera and immersive technology, the sky is the limit for this ground breaking work.

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