RECORDING OPERA

We have recorded hundreds of operas across a variety of venues including the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and Opera Holland Park. Projects range from chamber operas with The Opera Story and other independent companies, to full-scale productions including every Glyndebourne Festival opera since 2016, most notably Brett Dean's Hamlet in 2017 and the 2018 cinema broadcasts, for which we provided score reading and assistant engineering. Our recordings have received airplay on leading classical radio stations, including BBC Radio 3 and 4, Classic FM, Deutschlandfunk and Classic Praha.

Eastwood Records is well equipped for live opera recordings, with a full complement of professional microphones, cables and hanging wires for discreet placement during live captures. All our mics are coated with Nextel or an equivalent matt finish to avoid light being reflected towards audiences or cameras. We are able to cater to stereo and surround sound mixes, and are used to working alongside camera crews when a video capture is required. 

The key to a good opera recording is choosing the microphones and their polar patterns carefully so that all of the musical material is picked up, even when the equipment is placed out of sight. Our recording engineer Myles Eastwood will balance the orchestra internally as well as against the singers and onstage instruments, with the whole ensemble set against an accurate portrayal of the venue's acoustics. He is also able to produce recordings with excellent score reading ability, should multiple captures need editing together.

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