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    Opera in the times of COVID

    There have been some interesting articles about this so I thought I'd start a new thread.

    Interview with Ermonela Jaho in Operawire. https://operawire.com/opera-in-the-t...ermonela-jaho/

    Translation of a letter from German music directors and conductors to their government.

    https://slippedisc.com/2020/04/just-...m-politicians/

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    I think opera houses/concert halls will have to be creative and 'think outside the box' if they're going to keep opera alive. Some of my ideas are: More operas in concert; revert to park 'n' bark; blocking off seats so there's distance between audience members.

    Any other ideas?
    "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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    How they're doing it in South Korea.

    https://www.onstageblog.com/editoral...m-south-koreas
    "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 am impressed with how decisively the ENO decided to start next season with drive-in operas. And the idea is intriguing; not for normal consumption, but for cooped-up families it's something new and unusual. You could even do them in drive-in cinemas and use projected backdrops to make up for the necessary socially-distanced park-and-bark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    I am impressed with how decisively the ENO decided to start next season with drive-in operas. And the idea is intriguing; not for normal consumption, but for cooped-up families it's something new and unusual. You could even do them in drive-in cinemas and use projected backdrops to make up for the necessary socially-distanced park-and-bark.
    That's an excellent idea.
    "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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    Risk assessment in Germany



    https://www.mh-freiburg.de/en/univer...sk-assessment/


    Specific hazardous aspects in the field of music
    Singers and players of wind instruments – General


    ... we believe it make sense to expand the distancing rule for singers and wind players. In our opinion, the distance of 1.5-2 meters, which is valid for the general population, should be significantly expanded for music-making with other people by enlarging it to 3-5 meters, in order to reduce the risk of infection. In addition, in very large rooms, such as concert halls, the risk can probably be further reduced by further maximizing the distance and by providing very good ventilation.

    Solo voice

    During solo singing, a deep inhalation and exhalation occurs during sound production. The extent to which this increases the risk of infection has, to our knowledge, not yet been scientifically investigated. Even if the direct air flow is not strong in vocal phonation and the volume of exhaled air is released over a longer period of time than in resting breathing, it can be assumed that viruses are spread by aerosols during singing. Furthermore, especially during solo singing, spitting particles, i.e. droplets, are expelled when consonants are formed.

    "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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    This is a worrying article: NATS Panel of Experts Lays Out Sobering Future for Singers: "No Vaccine, No Safe Public Singing"

    So even if you could make it safe for the audience, you can't for the singers. And if there is one thing singers need, it's 100% lung capacity.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    This is a worrying article: NATS Panel of Experts Lays Out Sobering Future for Singers: "No Vaccine, No Safe Public Singing"

    So even if you could make it safe for the audience, you can't for the singers. And if there is one thing singers need, it's 100% lung capacity.
    Not only that, but concert halls are in trouble too, as social distancing would reduce capacity to less than 20%:

    https://www.middleclassartist.com/po...f-our-problems
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    The local organization Matinée Musicale has rescheduled Nicole Cabell's concert at Memorial Hall for Sunday, 7 June. As much as I'd like to attend, I think the risk would still be too great. I wouldn't feel safe in a theater, even one (or maybe especially one) as small as that at Memorial Hall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    The local organization Matinée Musicale has rescheduled Nicole Cabell's concert at Memorial Hall for Sunday, 7 June. As much as I'd like to attend, I think the risk would still be too great. I wouldn't feel safe in a theater, even one (or maybe especially one) as small as that at Memorial Hall.
    Yeah, don't go. And they shouldn't hold it on June 7. They should reschedule for later.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    My guess is that it will be cancelled, because Ohio's governor and state health officials have certainly not given the go-ahead for theaters and cinemas to reopen yet.

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    Found posted at another site, no link but interesting info:

    ROME WILL STAGE OPERAS IN A PARK
    By Norman Lebrecht
    On May 11, 2020
    Carlo Fuortes, head of Opera di Roma, has announced a plan to stage operas in the Piazza di Siena, in the park of Villa Borghese.

    The plan has the approval of the mayor’s scientific advisers and the space will accommodate 1,000 distanced spectators.

    The first opera will be Rigoletto with Salsi and Grigolo, conducted by Daniele Gatti.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    This is a worrying article: NATS Panel of Experts Lays Out Sobering Future for Singers: "No Vaccine, No Safe Public Singing"

    So even if you could make it safe for the audience, you can't for the singers. And if there is one thing singers need, it's 100% lung capacity.
    Yeah, this new report about a choir practice turned "superspreader event" would seem to suggest that singing while infected can really spread this virus around...

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    Staatstheater Wiesnbaden Announces Reopening Program Starring René Pape, Günther Groissböck, Annalisa Stroppa. I think this house is heavily subsidised by the German government.

    https://operawire.com/staatstheater-...alisa-stroppa/
    "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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    Interview with Christine Goerke

    https://anchor.fm/tewbop/episodes/Ch...d-Email-ee7uhm

    and a thoughtful article by Parterre Box

    https://parterre.com/2020/05/19/a-change-of-season
    "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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    What will it be like at a performance if the performers are singing through face masks?
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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