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There is a bit of light at the end of the Corona tunnel

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Philipp Stölzl's production of Verdi's “Rigoletto” will only be seen again on Lake Constance before Bregenz in the coming season Philipp Stölzl's production of Verdi's “Rigoletto” will only be seen again on Lake Constance before Bregenz in the coming season

Philipp Stölzl’s production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” will only be seen again on Lake Constance before Bregenz in the coming season

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Broadway remains dense until winter. All summer festivals of classical music are canceled. All? Verona, Grafenegg, Pesaro and Salzburg are working on a slimmed down program for the Corona period. An overview.

Zluckily, Gioachino Rossini also wrote some small operas without a choir. One of them was planned for the 41st summer edition of the Rossini Opera Festival in his hometown Pesaro. The one-act farce “Il Cambiale di Matrimonio”, in German “Der Heiratswechsel”. Now she will actually be performing in the small Teatro Rossini.

A little different than usual and a little different than intended, of course. The orchestra will play in the parquet, the audience sits shielded in the boxes, and the singers on stage will have to keep their distance despite the love theme. Corona distance.

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But after all, the world-famous festival on the Adriatic in the Marches is getting ready to go. Unlike in France or Spain, the Italian summer of music is starting up again. At least partially.

The Arena di Verona had previously announced that the season would be shortened, no operas played, but opera concerts, probably without a choir, on a stage in the middle of the arena and in front of only 3000 instead of 13,000 spectators who did not come from everywhere, but instead from the region. The opera’s gold throats, Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo, are currently underemployed.

Arena di Verona, Arena of Verona Amphitheater

Arena di Verona, Arena of Verona Amphitheater

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Macerata and Martina Franca also announce the normal opera program on their websites. However, like Pesaro, you will probably have to reduce and modify them.

The Rossini Festival is postponing its two large-scale productions, for which there are two open air academy performances in Piazza del Popolo, as well as soloist concerts with star virtuosos such as Juan Diego Flórez and Olga Peretyatko.

Broadway will remain dead until winter

In America, where the corona chaos rages worse, there is little hope. The only international opera festival in Santa Fé / New Mexico has just canceled the summer, also the Glimmerglass Festival in Upperstate New York and in Massachusetts the large-format Tanglewood Music Festival of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Broadway stages in New York and also the Metropolitan Opera no longer believe that they can open normally in the fall. In England, which is otherwise festival-free this summer, only the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall currently refer to an as yet unverified mini edition July 17th for her 125th birthday. It will be announced at the end of May.

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All major festivals in Germany have been canceled, let’s see what the theaters can do in the end of the season. People at the Bavarian State Opera want to go on summer vacation earlier in order to start the new season better.

In Austria, on the other hand, the Covid 19 darkness clears above the summer of music. You definitely want to benefit from the cultural tourist, who may come back soon. Will they do that too?

Probably at most from Germany and Switzerland, where everything including the Lucerne Festival has been canceled. From August 1st, 500 to 1000 spectators are allowed to come together, which benefits late beginners such as the Grafenegg Festival at the gates of Vienna. Without international orchestras, without a break and outside, in the castle park and the open-air cloud tower, there should at least be extended chamber music.

No “Rigoletto” on the Lake Constance stage

Following the new resolutions, the Bregenz Festival canceled everything and postponed it until 2021. With 1,000 visitors instead of 7,000 per floating stage evening, they would have no financial chance despite the open air and existing “Rigoletto” production. Over 200,000 of 260,000 cards were sold before the lockdown.

The competition in Salzburg, however, absolutely wants to run through its anniversary season (the festival will be 100), even if most of the lavish program has to be postponed to the summer of 2021. “There will be festivals in August. The first plans for a slimmed-down program are to be presented at the end of May, the realization of which is artistically meaningful and economically justifiable, ”said the state government. The steadfast board of trustees had hoped for this so far.

But what will it be? Some compact, maximum two-week form with the “Jedermann” around the day of foundation on August 22nd. Performances by the local ensembles Mozarteum Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg and possibly the Vienna Philharmonic.

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They could even play the choirless “Elektra” by the founding father Richard Strauss, probably in concert. Under Franz Welser-Möst they have to try them out anyway for the state opera season in September; just whether you can distribute 106 musicians yourself on the Cinemascope stage corona-oriented?

There are also recordings in the open air on Kapitelplatz. At the beginning of June, the new planning approved by the “Corona Commissioner” will be presented.

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