AURUS for five Genres

New Music Theatre Linz with versatile technology 

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Linz 5

Music and theatre are an essential part of Austria’s rich cultural history. The city of Linz where the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner lived and worked for 15 years shares this tradition. With the new Linz Music Theatre, the city has gained a superlative multidisciplinary venue

In Europe it is rare for a city to build a brand new theatre from scratch. Linz, capital of the state of Upper Austria and, after Vienna and Graz, the third-largest city in Austria was well served with a total of five theatres for its 200 000 inhabitants. However the old music theatre, which served as an opera house and a venue for concert performances of all kinds no longer met audience expectations in regard to comfort and acoustics. For many years, the city had envisaged building a replacement which would ensure both an unobstructed view of the stage and excellent acoustics together with the comfort and convenience of a generously sized theatre. The project had to jump a lot of hurdles. First, there was disagreement about the location, then about the architectural design. But the long gestation period and all the deliberation has paid off, as a look behind the scenes proves conclusively.

At a Glance

The Linz Music Theatre took the move to the new building as an opportunity to establish a musical division for the first time. So, the venue will cover the genres of opera, drama, ballet, youth theatre and musical shows which are stages in three halls: in the large hall with extremely flexible staging; in the black box studio theatre and in the orchestra hall for concert performances, which also serves as the everyday rehearsal room for the world-famous Bruckner orchestra. STAGETEC supplied a NEXUS audio network for signal distribution throughout the building and AURUS mixing consoles for each of the three halls and the additional recording studio.

Sheer Size – the Main Stage

Three stages for five genres means that at least one of those stages must be very versatile. At the new Music Theatre, it is the Great Hall which can be adapted seamlessly to the various genres and their diverse requirements. The stage construction plays a key role in this. First, it impresses by its sheer size: Including the main stage, the backstage area and the wings, the overall stage area is an incredible 2066 square metres. The stage machinery deserves a closer look. It is dominated by a large revolving stage no less than 32 metres in diameter which incorporates a smaller revolve and several platform lifts which can be used during performance. Everything here can be in motion. For modern productions this is a tangible benefit. For all the technical trades however, it represents a huge challenge. To have not only power-supply sockets but also NEXUS audio network ports readily available everywhere on the stage, slip rings were installed for the large rotating stage and the smaller revolve. Optical transformers interconnect NEXUS optical lines at the transitions from the fixed part of the building to the moving stage areas. Now a NEXUS Base Device installed permanently under each of the two rotating areas can be operated independently regardless of the position of the moving elements. These Base Devices route monitoring signals to the stage, accept signals from wired microphones and provide I/O options for non audio data, such as control or stage-management signals. An optical patch bay installed behind the revolving stage slip ring allows up to three additional mobile Base Devices to be connected. The main-stage audio network also includes signal outputs to the power amplifiers feeding the loudspeakers, outputs for the in-ear monitoring systems and over 40 analogue inputs for radio mics. The hall also includes a control room equipped with a large AURUS console. An additional portable AURUS can be set up in the auditorium for musical production as well as for rehearsal support. This mobility adds to the audio flexibility required to mount productions in a variety of different genres.

Even Greater Adaptability

The Great Hall design places considerable emphasis on excellent acoustics. The conditions in the old theatre were quite problematic for some productions, which is why the management would not accept any compromises in the new building. Another focus was on establishing open sight lines from everywhere in the auditorium to the stage since this had been a cause of grief in the previous venue. Sight lines can be seen as good or bad objectively; however this definitely does not apply to acoustics. What is considered perfect for opera might be perceived as inappropriate or even completely unacceptable for musical productions. The client was aware of this and as a consequence has therefore made sure that the audio system is ready for the optional installation of a Vivace acoustics-enhancement system. Vivace enables the hall acoustics to be varied to suit the requirements of any type of show. How this is achieved is explained elsewhere in this issue. Together with AURUS, Vivace would also enable a variety of surround sound effects to be achieved. This would open up yet more opportunities to demonstrate the adaptability of the theatre and would be of particular interest to the developing musical division.  

A Trio Under Control

In standard production scenarios, the Great Hall has a capacity of nearly 1000 spectators. Removing the orchestra pit and raising its floor to stalls level provides space for additional seating, extended the maximum capacity to up to 1130. The Black Box, a trapezoidal studio stage for flexible use, is targeted at much more experimental productions and offers up to 270 seats. It allows for variable stage and audience locations. To achieve this requires a very open technical concept. Therefore, the Black Box installation uses only mobile audio equipment, a portable AURUS, with associated NEXUS Base Device, and additional mobile Base Devices from the pool as required.
Productions in the orchestra hall, the third venue of the new Linz Music Theatre, do not usually need audio-system support. This is where the orchestra performs chamber music and holds public rehearsals. The sound equipment in this hall is not designed to support performances but to record them. Therefore, there is a large window between the orchestra hall and the recording-control room which houses the fourth AURUS in this large installation. The entire audio network, comprising the four AURUS consoles and 15 NEXUS Base Devices, is operated as a single network. This makes it possible to record performances on any of the stages as well as supporting productions in any of the three halls.

STAGETEC Components at the Linz Music Theatre

STAGETEC Routing and Mixing Systems:

  • 4 AURUS consoles
  • 2 NEXUS STAR routers
  • 9 NEXUS Base Devices – installed permanently
  • 4 NEXUS Base Devices – mobile

Exemplary Execution

With the completion of the Linz Music Theatre, Austria now has a striking new performing-arts venue. With a net floor area of almost 45000 square metres, it is the largest new theatre building in Europe and one of just a few institutions housing all the theatre support operations including workshops for metalwork, carpentry and tailoring as well as all the storage facilities for costume and props. Countless new technologies were used within the project, for example, to install the large fully automated scenery store which enables scenes to be reset in record time Our main focus was on the flexible STAGETEC audio system, the highest quality and maximum efficiency are here as an example of all the components of this successful overall project.

TV and Radio Broadcast


  • HSE24 Home Shopping Europe AG  Ismaning, Germany
  • RSI Broadcast Center  Lugano, Switzerland
  • tpc Metechno, Broadcast Center  Zurich, Switzerland


  • Antena 3 Madrid (TV)  Madrid, Spain
  • ASTRO (Malaysian satellite television) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Anhui TV  Hefei-Anhui, China
  • Auditorium Rai di Napoli  Naples, Italy
  • BBC Scotland Glasgow, United Kingdom weiterlesen blau 2019
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  • HR Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt, Germany
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  • MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk  Leipzig, Germany weiterlesen blau 2019
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  • Plazamedia TV&Film Produktion  Ismaning, Germany
  • Phoenix TV Station  Bonn, Germany
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  • RTM Kuala Lumpur  Kuala Lumpur, Perdana, Seremban, Malaysia  weiterlesen blau 2019
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  • Television de Galicia  Galicia, Spain
  • TVP Telewizja Polska  Warsaw, Poland  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Tianjin Radio Station  Tianjin, China
  • tpc zürich ag  Zurich, Switzerland  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • TSR Télévision Suisse Romande  Geneva, Switzerland
  • TVE Radio Televisión Espanola  Madrid, Spain
  • WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk  Cologne, Bocklemund, Dusseldorf,  Germany  weiterlesen blau 2019


  • ASTRO  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Anhui TV  Hefei-Anhui, China
  • CCTV  Beijing, China
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  • HR Hessischer Rundfunk  Frankfurt/Main, Kassel, Germany
  • HSE24 Home Shopping Europe AG  Ismaning, Germany
  • HBTV Hubei Broadcasting Group  Wuhan, China
  • HNTV  Zhengzhou, China
  • JiangSu Broadcasting Corporation (JSBC)  Nanjing, China
  • Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul, Korean
  • Life News TV, Moscow, Russia
  • M6 TV  Paris, France
  • Media Prima Berhad  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • NDR  Hamburg, Germany
  • NOSPR Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia  Katowice, Poland
  • ONE TV / Dorna Sports Management Rome, Italy
  • Plazamedia TV&Film Produktion  Ismaning, Germany
  • Rede Bahia de Televisao  Salvador, Brazil
  • RTBF  Brussels, Belgium
  • RTM  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • RTS Radiotelevisione svizzera  Geneva, Switzerland
  • SBT Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao Sao Paulo, Brazil  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Shenzhen TV  Shenzhen, China
  • Sveriges Radio  Stockholm, Sweden
  • tpc zürich ag  Zurich, Switzerland
  • TSR Télévision Suisse Romande  Geneva, Switzerland
  • TVE Radio Televisión Espanola  Barcelona, Spain
  • Vatican Radio  Vatican, Italy  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Videohouse  Brussels, Belgium
  • VRT Brussels, Belgium


  • ASTRO TV  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Bernama News TV  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • BR Bayerischer Rundfunk  Nuremberg, Germany
  • CCTV  Beijing, China
  • CJ E&M Brodcasting Centre  Seoul, Korea
  • EPTV  Campinas, Brazil
  • FFS Film- & Fernseh-Synchron  Berlin, Germany  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Henan  Zhengzhou, China
  • HBTV Hubei Broadcasting Group  Wuhan, China
  • Moscovia Broadcasting Company  Moscow, Russia
  • OMTV - Olympic Marseille Football Team  Marseille, France
  • Plazamedia TV&Film Produktion  Ismaning, Germany
  • Radio Kuwait  Kuwait
  • RTBF Brussels, Charleroi, Belgium
  • RTL Radio  Paris, France
  • RTM TV  Sarawak, Malaysia weiterlesen blau 2019
  • RTM TV  Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • SBT Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao  Sao Paulo, Brazil  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Shenzhen TV  Shenzhen, China
  • Tele M1  Aarau, Switzerland
  • Tele 1  Luzern, Switzerland
  • VRT  Brussels, Belgium
  • WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk Siegen, Bonn, Cologne, Essen, Wuppertal, Aachen, Münster, Bielefeld, Dortmund, Duisburg weiterlesen blau 2019  Germany


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  • CCTV Movie Channel  Beijing, China
  • HR Hessischer Rundfunk  Frankfurt, Germany
  • HSE24 Home Shopping Europe AG  Ismaning, Germany
  • NDR (tv station) Kiel, Hannover, Germany
  • Plazamedia TV&Film Produktion  Ismaning, Germany
  • Radio Pilatus   Lucerne, Switzerland  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • SDTV QILU Channel  Beijing, China
  • Shanghai Education Television  Shanghai, China
  • tpc Zürich  Zurich, Schwitzerland
  • WDR  Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Wuppertal, Germany
  • Xiamen Travel Channel  Xiamen, China


  • All India Radio New Delhi, India  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Antena 3  Madrid, Islas Baleares, Spain
  • BBC  London, United Kingdom
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  • IRT Project Hybnet  Munich, Germany
  • NBC  New York, USA
  • NHK  Tokio, Japan
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  • ORF Eisenstadt, Dornbirn, Austria
  • Onda Cero Radio  Madrid, Spain
  • ONE TV / Dorna Sports Management Rome, Italy
  • Polskie Radio S.A.  Warsaw, Poland weiterlesen blau 2019
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  • PTT  Madrid, Spain
  • Public Radio of the Ukraine  Kiew, Ukraine
  • Radio Caracol  Bogota, Colombia
  • Radio Cope  Madrid, Spain
  • Radio 9  Valencia, Spain
  • Radio France  Paris, France
  • Radio Traffic  Paris, France
  • Radio Marca  Madrid, Spain
  • RBB FS Berlin, Germany
  • RPP Radio Programas del Peru  Peru
  • RTS Radiotelevisione svizzera  Geneva, Switzerland   weiterlesen blau 2019
  • RTL Berlin, Germany
  • SAT 1  Zurich, Switzerland
  • SFB Sender Freies Berlin  Berlin, Germany
  • Staatlicher Rundfunk Usbekistan  Uzbekistan
  • Studio Hamburg  Hamburg, Germany
  • SWR Südwestrundfunk Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, Germany  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Tele 5  Madrid, Spain
  • Televisión de Galicia  Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • TF 1  Paris, France  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • TV 1 Napoli  Naples, Italy
  • Unitel  Unterföhring, Germany
  • Vatican Radio Vatican, Italy  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Yunnan TV  Kunming, China
  • ZDF Mainz, Berlin, Germany
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