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    Opera Lively Media Consultant Top Contributor Member Ann Lander (sospiro)'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    What will it be like at a performance if the performers are singing through face masks?


    It's all so depressing
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    I can't imagine how they could properly breathe if they're singing with masks on.

    Meanwhile, I'm reading articles in the latest issues of Opernwelt and Das Opernglas in which the impact of the COVID-19 closings on freelance singers and independent ensembles -- i.e., those individuals who don't belong to the permanent ensemble of state - or city-supported theaters -- is discussed. A good deal of it has to do with German and Austrian law governing self-employed persons and organizations receiving public subsidies. Rather complicated, but I get the impression that "holes" in those laws which have little or no impact during "normal" times are now causing some major headaches. There is also the matter of the economic impact the cancellations of major festivals will have on the cities where those festivals are held.

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