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The Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia recently upgraded two venues’ audio systems, including their intercoms.

St. Petersburg, Russia (February 11, 2020)—The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia recently began using a sizable Clear-Com FreeSpeak II Digital Wireless System, supplied and installed by Clear-Com’s regional partner, Oltbert Business Development Ltd.

Over the last 150 years, the main Mariinsky Theatre building has undergone many reconstructions and now seats more than 1,600 guests. A second theater building, the Mariinsky II, was built behind the original in 2013, with seven levels above ground and three below, boasting an auditorium that can seat up to 2,000 people. Today, both venues are working with the new Clear-Com system.

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“We were very happy with our [existing] Eclipse System in the Mariinsky II, so we were delighted to be able to integrate a FreeSpeak II Wireless System into it, giving us the same reliable intercom but with additional flexibility that allows staff to move freely around this large building,” said Alexander Logvinov, leader of Mariinsky Sound and Video Department, Mariinsky II. “For the original theater, we installed a new standalone FreeSpeak II system which has transformed the way our production staff communicates.”

The original theater’s new FreeSpeak II system has two E1 transceivers with eight beltpacks, and its existing Eclipse Matrix was upgraded to an Eclipse HX Digital Matrix System with software that enables it to integrate with IP communications, digital wireless solutions and other devices. The FreeSpeak II system in the Mariinsky II features six FreeSpeak II IP-T transceivers over AES67 PoE connection, with 16 beltpacks. The systems enable virtually everyone in each theater to communicate, including FOH, stage managers, lighting teams and production managers.

“Clear-Com offers us superior audio quality and incredible flexibility, with robust hardware that can withstand the rigors of busy theater life,” said Logvinov. “We also appreciate the local support we get from Clear-Com’s partner Oltbert, who are on hand in case we need assistance.”

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