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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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