: Those who sit in the dark see nothing
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At present the Salzburg Festival owns around 270 music stands used for opera performances. These differ from the music stands used for orchestral concerts in that each stand has an integral, permanently fixed light.

Around 60 years ago the technical department of the Salzburg Festival produced high quality music stands and equipped them with lights built by our technicians themselves. In recent decades the kind of light source used was updated to meet the latest technical standards. The music stands now have a swivelling device which ensures that, once it is set at a particular angle to the adjustable music tray, the light retains this angle.
All in all a truly unique system.

However, both the lights and the stands are beginning to show signs of age.
Gradually, the stability of the construction is weakening. The amount of light produced by
the lamps no longer meets the wishes and the requirements of musicians for good,
complete and even illumination of the sheet music.

In the area of lights for music stands LED technology appears to provide the best answer.
These lights produce little heat, the colour of the light can be adjusted to suit the sheet
music used, they are extremely robust and dependable and, unlike the present lights,
they use only 12 volts rather than 230.

The technical department suggests renovating the opera music stands and the
fixed lights in collaboration with our orchestra equipment staff so that both
stands and lights are state-of-the-art and meet all the relevant technical
standards and requirements.

The cost of renovating all the music stands for opera performances along with the music stand lights amounts to 115,000 euros*.

Andreas Zechner
Technical Director

*a sum we were able to raise thanks to your generosity!

Naturally all donations received by us are passed on to the Salzburg Festival without deductions of any kind.

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