Live online opera debut in Vienna

An opera by Gioachino Rossini has been broadcast live over the internet for the first time in Vienna, giving audiences around the world free access to a classical production.

La cambiale di matrimonio - The marriage contract - was streamed from Vienna's Kammeroper theatre on Sunday.

The live opera stream is the first web-based platform for streaming classical productions from the Austrian capital.

The experimental performance starred an international cast of singers.

Speaking ahead of the performance, Lithuanian bass-baritone Igor Bakan, who played Tobia Mill, said he hoped "avid fans and newcomers" would benefit from the opportunity to watch online.

Also starring in the classical production were American tenor Andrew Owens, Australian baritone Ben Connor, soprano Anna Maria Sarra and mezzosoprano Gaia Petrone, both from Italy.

The production was conducted by Konstantin Chudovsky and directed by Jacopo Spirei.

It is hoped it will become the first in an ongoing series of live-streamed opera productions broadcast directly from various prestigious Viennese venues and more intimate settings.

Earlier this month, musicians in Austria created a stir for reviving the tradition of performing concerts in the homes of their audiences.

People can book a 20-minute domestic concert by the members of the contemporary ensemble Phace.

Vienna's famed Konzerthaus labelled their "home delivery" live gigs as Rent a musician.

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