Robe for Saaremaa Opera Festival
Robe was the moving light of choice for the 2022 Saaremaa Opera Festival staged in a purpose‐ built tented arena erected beside the charismatic Kuressaare Castle in the south of Saaremaa Island, Estonia, which was the dramatic location for five days of popular opera and other performances, all presented this year by the Silesian Opera (Opera Śląska) from Bytom, Poland. Polish LD Dominik Ksol created a production lighting design to cover all five shows, and was assisted in Estonia by Andres Sarv and Tõnis Järs from E&T, the local rental company supplying the lighting including the 67 x Robes luminaires, which comprised 2 x BMFL WashBeams and two BMFL Blades, 15 x MMX Blades, 18 x LEDWash 800s and 9 x MMX Spots for the moving lights, plus 21 x ParFect SW(smart white) LED PARs. Andres and Tõnis received Dominik’s lighting plot and started replicating it with the kit that was available from E&T. Onsite they worked with a full lighting crew of 12 for the get in and the rigging period, with four lighting technicians staying on as show running crew. Twelve of the ParFects were at the back on LX4 with the remaining nine far upstage bar, a cluster of 6 x ParFects over to stage left, illuminating the set and upstage activities, with the other three on stage right for general lighting. All these lights and a few other generic profiles were programmed and run on a grandMA2 operated by Dominik.
Photos © Gunnar Laak