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Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera is one of the country’s leading creative groups. The company approached Black Light to supply it with new moving lights, which it added to its existing stock for its latest touring production, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. We provided the company’s technical team with full product consultation and demonstration services to help them make the right choice.

Service Type: Sales
Sector: Theatre
Completion: May 2014
Location: UK Tour
Client: Scottish Opera 
Equipment list:
• 16 Robe MMX lights
The sale
We sold Scottish Opera 16 Robe MMX lights. We secured the sale of the MMX’s thanks to our strong relationship with the opera company, the competitive price we offered and our high level of customer service.
The units have already proved their worth for Scottish Opera at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh and will be used as Madama Butterfly tours around Scotland and Northern Ireland, to Aberdeen, Glasgow and Belfast.
Key project steps
  • Sales consultation – We discussed the project and requirements with the client.
  • Recommendations – Using our expertise and extensive product knowledge, we provided a number of product options. These were tested in-situ at Scottish Opera’s Glasgow HQ.
  • Delivery – Operating to a tight schedule, we sourced and delivered the required equipment.
The product
According to Robe, the MMX is a new technology discharge fixture that has similar light output to most existing 1200W luminaires. The unit is based on the company’s all new Robin advanced technology design that provides brighter, more efficient, physically lighter and smaller fixtures than previously possible.
The MMX includes the Robe exclusive Hot-Spot lamp control feature that allows remote adjustment of flat beam uniformity or power beam hot-spot. A key feature of the MMX is the ‘Dual Graphics Wheel’ - 2 fully controllable contra-rotating plates that can be positioned anywhere across the light path to produce unique visual effects.
The client
Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland. It was founded by Alexander Gibson and was inaugurated with a production of Madama Butterfly at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow. The company’s current version of Butterfly is a revival of its 2000 performance of Puccini’s masterpiece.

Client feedback

“They have an amazing clean spread of light with no hot-spots and I only need two or three for a full stage wash. Along with that, their ability to split between a Fresnel and beam gives me five or six different washes across the stage. This also means that I only needed 11 for this show and it took us one hour to rig. Conventional fixtures would have taken at least twice as long.”

Robert Dickson, Head of Lighting, Scottish Opera Client Feedback 
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