On MAYA – Artist Talk @ Opera Beyond 2019

Transforming opera audiences into active explorers – Artist talk by Mathis Nitschke at the Opera Beyond conference in Helsinki 2019 about the Mixed-Reality-Techno-Opera MAYA

Info: mathis-nitschke.com/en/maya/

As the worlds first Augmented Reality opera, MAYA staged the former heating plant Munich-Aubing as a historic site.

Through the AR-app on the own smartphone, the spectator betook himself in the perspective of a new civilization in the distant future, and looked back in amazement on the demise of our current civilization in the near future.

Singer Martina Koppelstetter took on the role of „Maya“. She was on a mission. Would she manage to rescue the Cyberspace and with it herself and the humanity?

On Opera Beyond:

First Session

First Session is a 2-day conference at the crossroads of arts and technology.

30th – 31st May 2019, Helsinki, Finland


The conference will offer new ideas and knowledge for professionals, creators and artists of all medias and arts. First Session will help you envision how to immerse and enthrall your audience or customers. We will be exploring technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, projection mapping and spatial sound – the latest trends in audio, visual, and spatial art.

For those working in arts – be that theatre, dance, music or even the museum field – the conference will impart you with enough knowledge of the current and future techniques so that your team and association can implement future thinking into your work.

Conference sessions include keynotes, demos, hero cases, master classes, workshops and networking. Among our speakers are award winning producer at Royal Shakespeare Company Sarah Ellis, Head of Experiments in Art and Technology at Nokia Bell Labs Domhnaill Hernon, awarded VR/AR director Gabo Arora and Head of Innovation & Partnerships at London Philharmonia Luke Ritchie.

On the conference’s second day we will also hear the concepts of the First Session competition. We will see international creative teams answer our call for projects with a concept for an immersive art piece. The chosen conceptual piece will be realised in association with Opera Beyond by 2020, and internationally promoted, so to inspire and spread the word of a new age in the performing arts.

Video created by Opera Beyond and used by permission.