Puccini’s Tosca at a Roman Quarry in St Margarethen, Austria

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The Roman quarry in St Margarethen, Austria is one of the most beautiful and imposing open-air arenas in Europe. The spectacular venue recently played host to an award-winning production of Puccini’s Tosca. Averaging around 4000 spectators per performance, nearly 100,000 people in total flocked to see the multimedia opera thriller organised by Arenaria GmbH that was subsequently honoured at the Austrian Event Awards 2015. Hailed for the extraordinary technical merits of the production, integration and production company, Habegger AG were named as Performance Supplier of the Year for their extraordinary work on Tosca, in particular the visual aspect; huge projections on 340 sq m LED wall run on powerful Picturall media servers set the scene for an epic performance.

Habegger implemented the production completely from a technical point of view including sound, light, live cameras, LED and multimedia technology with video content courtesy of Media Apparat. At the heart of the system were two Picturall Octo servers with four outputs per server outputting media in Full HD onto a gigantic, 340 sq m LED wall comprised of 10mm pixel pitch LEDs for maximum resolution and ultra-sharp definition. Moveable LED walls and LED doors added even more dramatic impact to the production.

A total of 270 video cues were controlled from a GrandMA full-size lighting console over Artnet whilst the camera feeds from the two live cameras on the show were processed directly in the Octo server without having to use a separate video mixer. The entire show was essentially run on one Octo server, but Habegger demanded full redundancy for all technical aspects of a production of this magnitude, hence the second server which was supplied by Picturall’s German distributer, Videlco Europe Ltd.

“Picturall Octo was the incontestable choice of media server for this show,” said Mike Waldeyer, MD of Videlco Europe. “It’s sure-footed performance and high quality playback were a must for this project as well as total control of everything through one box. Octo takes the stress out of managing multiple outputs for HD playback, running complex projects with ease.”


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