The Concert in Rio, broadcast worldwide on 12 July to mark the close of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, featured DPA d:dicate recording microphones.
The concert was headlined by Plácido Domingo, the Spanish tenor and conductor, who was accompanied at the HSBC Arena in Rio be Janeiro, Brazil, by Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.
Grammy Award-winner Jesse Lewis (pictured), the audio producer for the live international broadcast of the concert, chose DPA Microphones’ 4006 omnidirectional, 4011 cardioid and 4041 large diaphragm d:dicate mics for the concert, which was aired live from the stadium.
“For a venue of that size, we had a tremendous need for an overhead microphone that was able to reach deep into the orchestra and pull out the really important details of the instruments,” Lewis explains. “In this case, it was the DPA 4006 and 4041.
“The sound of the live broadcast depended greatly on the special sound those mics provide. Additionally, I have relied on the d:dicate 4011 for years as my preferred mic for acoustic piano recording. That’s why I selected a stereo pair on podium stands, accompanied by a pair of the d:vote 4099 instrument mics, for Lang Lang’s piano, and I’m happy I did, because the sound was very big and beautiful.”
According to Lewis, the concert’s producer Bernhard Fleischer was “ecstatic” with the sound the microphones achieved. “The DPA mics hanging over the orchestra were the most crucial ingredient for this production,” he says. “They ensured that we conveyed the music in a powerful way to the broadcast audiences around the world.”
Performing for his sixth World Cup concert, Domingo presented a programme of arias, Spanish zarzuelas and Broadway hits, in addition to traditional Brazilian songs and sambas. The concert was led by American-born pianist and conductor Eugene Kohn.