THE INVISIBLE STAGE – The magic of digital compositing for operatic productions


  • Format: Webinar/Workshop
  • Duration: 1hr
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All ages
  • When: 04/07/2020 11:00 am
  • Recorded: Yes
As a follow-on to his webinar on Opera In Virtual Reality on 28 June, the director of the UMCULO Opera Incubator, Kobie van Rensburg leads an open discussion on the use of digital compositing workflows for the operatic stage. How can young directors, singer-entrepeneurs and educators use cost effective digital technologies to facilitate and enhance their stage productions? Low-Budget, No-Budget or Hollywood-Bollywood Style your creativity always builds on your knowledge and know-how! Benefit from an open discussion with one of the pioneers of animated surtitles, live chromakeying and virtual reality  integration in stage productions. He will answer questions of young SA artists ready to take the leap down the proverbial rabbithole! You are welcome to pitch your ideas and hear how Kobie can guide you to bring them to fruition with the current state of consumer digital technologies.
Did you miss it? Click PLAY on the video screen below to watch a recording of the live event.
Presented as part of Creativate Digital Arts Festival.


Presenter: Kobie van Rensburg


Kobie van Rensburg studied Law and International Politics in Potchefstroom before embarking on an international career as a lyric tenor. He regularly collaborated with conductors such as René Jacobs, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christopher Hogwood, Christophe Rousset, Lorin Maazel and James Levine at such renowned houses as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Berlin-, Munich-, and Stuttgart State Theatres, San Francisco, Seattle, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and the Teatro Real in Madrid. He recorded several prizewinning CD’s (Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording 2004 and Gramophone Record of The Year Award 2004) and DVD Recordings of Monteverdi, Händel, Mozart, and Rossini Operas.
Since 2007 he has increasingly focused on directing and teaching.  His critically acclaimed productions of operas in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Croatia have pioneered the use of animated surtitles and live chromakeying for the operatic stage.
He is deeply committed to the development of opera in South Africa, especially in underprivileged communities and since 2015 he has been serving as the Director of the UMCULO Opera Incubator. UMCULO explores the potential of opera as a means of social development in South African townships. His work in this field has also been nominated for several awards and received the 2017 Rotterdam Opertagen Award, the International Opera Award in 2019 and the ClassicalNext Award for Innovation.