A night at the Opera

Easily legible digital LED display to accompany the Italian performance of Madame Butterfly

The Challenge

In 2013, the world famous, Moscow State Opera, took over the boards at The Board Gais Energy Theatre, to present a traditional production of Madam Butterfly. The production featured Ireland’s best known international soprano, Celine Byrne and a star soloist from The Bolshoi Opera, Anna Nechaeva.

The production manager needed an easily legible digital LED display to accompany the Italian performance—that wouldn’t distract from the performance—and turned to Spectra for help.

The Solution

Spectra supplied a selection of full colour surtitle scrolling LED signs comprising three high brightness scrolling LED displays and Spectra’s own custom written surtitle software.


One display, 10mm pixel pitch, 48 pixels high x 288 pixels wide, 0.5m high x 3m wide

Two displays, 10mm pixel pitch, 48 pixels high x 144 pixels wide, 0.5m high x 1.5m wide

The Result

The screens worked a treat – just what we wanted. We had five very successful performances and - most importantly - not one comment about the surtitles! It may surprise you but surtitle displays for opera can often cause a large number of complaints because they can be intrusive and detract from the presentation. The fact we didn't get one adverse comment (from 10,000 audience members) pays tribute to the installation—and shows we got it right.

Kim Robinson, Production Manager

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Expert advice

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From concept to installation, we work with you to design a solution that exactly matches your requirements—no matter how distinctive, unusual or challenging. We make it easy to bring your ideas to life, for maximum return on investment and 100% end-to-end satisfaction.

Ongoing support

Ongoing support

Once your sign is installed and working hard for you, our highly responsive support service provides complete peace of mind. Whether you need an extra pair of hands to manage your signs or one-off help—you can rely on Spectra to be your full service or helpdesk support partner.

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