It appears that the cold war between the makers of the Sinfonia virtual orchestra device and representative of New York City Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians is heating up again, and it’s doing so on the same battleground as before, the Opera Company of Brooklyn.
Like most wars that result in an uneasy standoff, this gift as heated up again over the very same issues as last year. However, one noticeable difference is that at the end of last season’s conflict, Local 802 came away with a contract from the Opera Company of Brooklyn that stated, in essence, they would no longer use the Sinfonia device.
According to a recent article in the New York Times, the Opera Company of Brooklyn’s gala performance of the Magic Flute has been moved from NYC’s CAMI Hall to a loft owned by Sinfonia’s maker.
I wrote an article entitled The Good, the Bad, and the Digital which profiles positive and negative application of technology on the world of classical music. It provides a good background and explanation of the Sinfonia and what it does.