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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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    Finally, some encouraging news for opera on the COVID-19 front: the Vienna State Opera and Royal Opera House will be reopening this month, though audiences will be limited to 100 persons at a performance, and the duration of performances will be strictly limited. The Bavarian State Opera apparently has already reopened under similar conditions. These will also be concerts, not opera productions of any sort.

    https://www.classicfm.com/music-news...ience-members/

    https://operawire.com/gerald-finley-...ening-concert/

    Back in this neck of the woods, Ohio's governor has announced that many indoor public entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen on 10 June if they can meet all of the safety requirements for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Cinemas are included, but theaters are not.

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    We talked about ways of giving back to furloughed musicians months ago, and in case you hadn't seen it and are interested - The Met Orchestra musicians have a relief fund set up.

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