Bag End Sponsors Opera in the Park Concert

Jul 17, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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For the first time, the Madison (Wisc.) Opera company opened its concert season with a sound reinforcement system. The complete system—including setup, teardown and engineering—was supplied by Bag End Loudspeaker Systems.

The system was provided by Bag End's dealer, Full Compass (Middleton, Wisc.).

”With a concert quality sound system and national touring quality staging and lighting to enhance the experience, ‘Opera in the Park’ provided the kind of setting that really showcased the great young talent that performed,” Ann Stanke, general director of Madison Opera, said.“ And for the audience, young and old, it was an evening they will not soon forget.”

To ensure the best possible sound, Bag End assigned its director of engineering, search and development, Henry Heine, to quarterback the setup and operation of the sound system. “Despite the fact that the event was in an outdoor setting on a grassy hillside, we wanted to provide the best system we knew how to put together," Heine said. “It not only had to cover a widely scattered audience, but because of the nature of program, it had to perform very well musically, as well. And judging from the audience reaction, we accomplished that goal.”

Heine and his crew chose six Bag End Crystal midrange, high-output speaker systems flown in a stereo array for the main speaker arrays. They augmented those with four Opal high-output delay signal speakers on towers. The bottom end was supplied by three Bag End Quartz, quad-18, high-output subwoofers for a total of 12 18-inch subwoofers pumping out bass. Heine also used four Bag End Sapphire speaker systems as floor monitors. He mixed the system on a Tascam DM24 mixing console. Also included in the system was a mix of studio-quality microphones, supplied by Full Compass.

“We brought in some of the hottest new voices in opera,” Stanke said. “And we were pleased that one of the most sought-after young American conductors on today’s opera scene, Steven White, conducted this special event.” In addition to hearing the Madison Symphony Orchestra under White’s direction, and the Madison Opera chorus, those attending were treated to performances by opera Paula Delligatti, soprano; Angela Horn, mezzo; Andrew Richards, tenor; and Thomas Barrett, baritone.

More information on Full Compass can be obtained on the company’s Website, More information about “Opera in the Park” can be found on the Madison Opera Website, Bag End can be found online at

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