Die Fernweh Oper

Daniel Ernst - 2019 - 10 min.

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Not only time, also distance turns out to be relative. The diva of this VR experience is the towering opera star Astoria, who sings especially for you about your crazy love for her. That’s space opera for you!

'Fernweh' means the longing for far-off places; maker Daniël Ernst gives this term a quite unique, virtual translation. His VR project Die Fernweh Oper focuses on distance; distance between memories of the past and the present, and between a star and a human. But especially between the visitors and the virtual world, with an opera singer towering fifteen metres above you and sweeping you along on an endless opera journey. A trip that you as a visitor only take for a short distance.  

Die Fernweh Oper had its world première at the famous SXSW Festival in May 2019 and in the same month featured at Cannes. 


Director(s) Daniel Ernst
Script Maud Vanhauwaert
Daniel Ernst
Producer(s) Daniel Ernst
Production Company
The Shoebox Diorama
Executive Producer
Director of Photography
Production Design
Costume Design
Sound Design
Armeno Alberts
Sound Editor
Max Sombroek
Visual Effects
Misha Velthuis
Naren Chandavarkar
Annina Gieré
Anthony Ingruber
The Shoebox Diorama
Daniel Ernst
Nicholas Pittom
Annina Gieré
Concept Development
Daniel Ernst
Maud Vanhauwaert
Graphic Design
Roos Laan
Interface and Interaction Design
Technical Realisation
Production Country
Netherlands, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Belgium, India