Noise Regulations Force Australian Ballet to Shuffle Orchestra

Classic Arts News   Noise Regulations Force Australian Ballet to Shuffle Orchestra
 
Newly enforced noise regulations are forcing the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra to shuffle musicians in and out of the orchestra pit—even during a performance.

According to the The Australian, Australian workers, including musicians, cannot be exposed to sound levels greater than 85 decibels, averaged over the course of a day. To limit the exposure of its players, Australian Ballet "is working with relay teams of extra musicians" during its current production of Sleeping Beauty.

The paper says that the process adds A$100,000 to the cost of the production.


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