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RCF celebrates 70 years in style

RCF celebrates 70 years in style

RCF celebrates 70 years in style

In celebration of its 70th anniversary, Italian manufacturer RCF flew nearly 500 distributors, dealers and customers to the Venice Arsenal, the hub of Italian shipbuilding in the 16th century, for A Night in Laguna.

The celebrations saw guests arriving at the venue via a 45-minute boat journey, before being treated to cocktails and a buffet, courtesy of two-Michelin starred chef Massimiliano (Max) Alajmo, along with a special 70th birthday cake. Guests were then invited next door, where RCF Group CEO Arturo Vicari was introduced to applause. He emphasised the fact that what RCF had really been selling this past 70 years, as much as transducers, was ‘emotion’ – a fact backed up by a short company video.

This was followed by the surprise announcement that guests would be celebrating the landmark in the company of Andrea Bocelli, taking the form of an hour-long concert of light opera and populist classics, with an accompanying orchestra boosted by Cuban soprano Maria Aleida, Ukrainian principal violinist Anastasiya Petrishak and another regular of Andrea Bocelli’s ensemble, Italian singer Laria Della Bidia.

Reinforcing Bocelli’s performance were solutions from the manufacturer’s loudspeaker portfolio, including a central cluster of 10 elements of active HDL 26-A cabinets in a compact, curved line array configuration, with single TT 2-A satellite speakers out wide giving the image of full separation. A straight line of seven TT 10-A enclosures, electronically curved using RCF’s proprietary RDNet, provided front-fills, while a large complement of 13 SUB 9006-AS in a straight line was also fully optimised thanks to the curve created in RDNet.

Mixing Andre Bocelli’s vocals and the soloists on a DiGiCo SD7 was Andrea Taglia, the artist’s long-term FOH engineer, who also received a separate orchestra mix from a second SD7, created by another long-term collaborator, Francesco La Camera.

The set of popular classics ended to a crescendo of applause, which brought the ensemble back for two encores, firstly for Sartori’s Con te partirò and finally a moving version of Nessun Dorma starring Bocelli and Petrishak.

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