Pink Floyd‘s classic 1979 The Wall has been recreated into Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera, and will make its United States premiere in July 2018 after having huge success in Montreal over the weekend. The Pink Floyd inspired production will see the 70-piece Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, eight soloists, and 48 chorus members perform the opera alongside baritone Etienne Dupuis, who starred the role in the debut Montreal production.Based on the Canadian production’s success, the Cincinnati Opera artistic director Evan Mirageas had this to say: “There is no question about the melodies. The discovery is how those melodies have been transformed into genuine ‘opera speak.’” Even Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters attended the Opéra de Montréal for the world premiere, saying “I sat there not expecting to be moved, and I was moved.” Last year, he told Rolling Stone, “It had been my experience that experiments in collaboration between the worlds of rock and roll and the worlds of symphonic music were generally disastrous and should be embarked upon with extreme trepidation,” so his reaction to the production is even more convincing.The United States premiere will make its debut at the restored Cincinnati Music Hall in summer 2018.[via Rolling Stone]
Seiche Environmental stated it is in charge of implementing important mitigation measures at the site offshore Lincolnshire, despite it already being assessed as having low potential for marine mammal presence. “Understanding and minimising the impact of offshore construction on marine mammals is a vital part of modern offshore wind farm development,” said Nicola Harris, Associate Director, Environmental Services for Seiche. Seiche Environmental has been appointed to monitor and manage the safety of marine mammals at the Triton Knoll offshore wind project site in the UK. “Pile driving activities are governed by strict marine mitigation procedures, and we are proud to be providing the crucial expertise to ensure that the noise from these works is managed in a way that is not damaging to the like of grey seal, harbour porpoise and harbour seal, as well as other species less common in the North Sea, including white-beaked dolphin and minke whale.” Specialist Passive Acoustic Measurement (PAM) equipment is used to identify if any marine mammals are present underwater, and an Acoustic Deterrent Device (Lofitech’s Seal Scarer) is used to help keep any marine mammals that may be present beyond the 500m radius protection zone. Seiche is also recording and reporting on noise output during the installation of the initial piles, so that predictions used to assess the potential impact on marine fauna can be validated. Triton Knoll will comprise 90 MHI Vestas 9.5 MW turbines expected to be operational in 2021. The team is located onboard the installation vessel Seaway Strashnov to ensure that the impact of underwater noise from construction activities, linked to the installation of 90 monopile foundations and two offshore substation platforms, has minimal impact on any local cetaceans and seals. Construction of the 860 MW offshore wind farm is currently underway, with the first foundation installed in January.