Architecture in VR. Opera set stage design

The Miastopracownia team was responsible for designing and constructing the space for the VR opera “Gianni Schicchi” produced by Conservatorio Puccini in collaboration with Polish University Abroad. For the opera’s needs, a space was created on the platform, which can be viewed on mobile devices, computer screens, and VR goggles.

The minimalist, symmetrical composition with a sequence of stages along the axis was inspired by the work of Edward Gordon Craig and Adolf Appia, prominent figures in the Great Theatrical Reform. The stage space, from this point, has been shaped architecturally, evolved into a multidimensional structure. In this immersive environment, both actors and audience members explore as avatars, blurring the lines between performer and spectator. The built environment functions not only as a stage but also as a gallery and exhibition space. A VR exhibition was prepared for the event, curated by Prof. Elżbieta Perzycka-Borowska, delving into themes of the opera “Gianni Schicci.”

Dominika Wilczyńska, the main stage set designer, presented the architectural concept just before the opera performance at Sala Dante in La Spezia. She emphasized the experimental nature of the opera set design, which departs from the traditional stage-audience relationship. Instead, it introduces a democratic arrangement between them through a linear sequence of successive spaces spread across seven stages on seven different levels.

photo: Barbara Nawrocka