Achieving optimum acoustics for opera requires striking the balance between support and articulation for singers on the stage, and impact and envelopment for the orchestra or in pit below the stage. In smaller, more articulate venues, such as the Berlin StaatsOper, LARES is used to make the music more enveloping, and increase the sense of intimacy. This allows the opera to program a wider variety of works, such as Wagner, that the natural acoustics of the venue do not adequately support.
Achieving optimum acoustics for opera requires striking the balance between support and articulation for singers on the stage, and impact and envelopment for the orchestra - which may be located in pit below the stage. The size of the venue, its geometry, and architectural features like boxes and balconies often create very different listening conditions throughout the space. This is often very difficult to resolve using architectural solutions. LARES can deliver the optimum ratios of direct, reflected and reverberant energy to each section of the venue - creating a more uniform acoustical environment-improving listening enjoyment throughout the venue.

In larger spaces such as the Hummingbirds Centre for the Arts in Toronto, Ontario, greater distance between the singers and the audience reduces the level of the direct sound, as well as the sound returning to the stage. In such venues independent LARES processors are used to generate early and later energy. This allows precise optimization of direct, early, and later energy throughout the venue. LARES processing acoustically lifts voice level dramatically, which restores impact and improves both clarity and intimacy. LARES also substantially improves strength and envelopment for the orchestra without loss of intelligibility.

LARES can provide unrivaled acoustical dexterity which can enable a large venue to successfully program for artists in residence, Festival events, and a wide variety of touring performances. In the Adelaide Festival Center Theatre, independent LARES processing is incorporated in both the house and the stage. This allows the venue to successfully present Opera and Ballet with the orchestra in the pit, and Symphony with musicians positioned on the raised stage extension. The stage system can be adjusted independently from the house, and provides a uniform sense of hall return throughout the stage area. The renovated Theatre with LARES installed debuted Wagner's Ring Cycle, which was met with high critical acclaim from reviewers worldwide.
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