Jona’s merchant is ill, no, nothing bad, but he canceled “Fidelio” in London on Monday evening. After all, culture is still running smoothly in England. Elsewhere, however, the lights are out due to Corona.
All in Italy, where, for example, the sensational Raphael exhibition in Rome cannot be visited because everything is closed. Little is known about China and the rest of Asia.
The Minister of Culture has been infected in France
But in San Francisco, where the local symphony orchestra was actually preparing to go with his departing boss Michael Tilson Thomas on his last European tour towards the end of the week, the concert hall was closed. The Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst has postponed a tour to Europe and Abu Dhabi until autumn.
The Metropolitan Opera in New York wipes twice as often, you can no longer take visitors backstage, there are disinfection dispensers everywhere. Conductor Cristian Măcelaru was unloaded at the New World Symphony in Miami because he had performed there in Japan.
In France, where Minister of Culture Franck Riester was probably infected with Covid-19 in the National Assembly, all events for more than 1,000 visitors were canceled on Monday, but what that means for opera houses like Paris or Lyon is still unclear. The Philharmonie de Paris has already closed, and on Monday the SWR Symphony Orchestra met Teodor Currentzis, who was not allowed to travel to Zurich last week.
There are no guest performances by the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater Moscow and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. But the concerts of the Orchester National d’Île-de-France, the Orchester de Paris and the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France are also affected.
In Austria, the Salzburg Easter Festival cheerfully announced its program for 2021 (Anna Netrebko finally in the complete “Turandot”) and want to play from April 4th, as do the Easter festivals in Baden-Baden and Berlin.
Nothing may come of it now. The news came on Tuesday afternoon that the Vienna State Opera must close by the end of the month and that all events with more than 100 spectators in Austria are prohibited. This completely paralyzes concert, theater and opera operations. The provisional closure of all theaters was also announced on Tuesday in the Czech Republic.
In Switzerland, of course only in the cantons of Basel and Schwyz, the game limits were set to 150 spectators. In Oman, the Royal Opera House has ended the rest of its season with guest performances by foreign theaters by May. In Slovakia, the Slovak National Opera has ceased operations.
The sealing off is over
And the first measures have also been taken in Germany. Yesterday afternoon, according to the Jens-Spahn “Recommendations” of a 1,000-seat limitation from Berlin to Munich, it was said that you coordinate with the health authorities, but see no need for action yet, and are pleased that the opera does so little coughed.
But then the Bach Week in Stuttgart (March 13 to 21) of the Bach Academy was canceled, and BASF followed with its concerts in Ludwigshafen. The Berlin concert by Grigorij Sokolov had to be canceled – Sokolov should have traveled from northern Italy. The opening of the exhibition of the Beethoven autographs of the State Library will only take place in Berlin for the press and without a ceremony. The company’s own Würth Philharmonic in Künzelsau has stopped playing until further notice.
On Tuesday afternoon there was still a rambling email from the Deutsche Bühnenverein, which stated: “The theater continues to operate, so far no large-scale revenue losses are known. The stage association advises its theater and orchestra members to implement and communicate the recommended hygiene measures of the Robert Koch Institute and the ministries of health at the respective houses in order to keep the risk of infection low. “
Culture is, of course, also a matter for the country when it is canceled. In Magdeburg yesterday, all events over 1000 visitors were banned (the theater only has 700 seats). In Bavaria, all state houses will remain closed until further notice. The Vienna Philharmonic plays in Munich in front of 999 spectators.
In the Munich Olympiahalle, the concerts of James Blunt and Santana would be affected in March. For private concert organizers, this ban can become economically dangerous if there are no compensation payments. Politicians have not yet commented on this. And the Munich Symphony Orchestra also had to cancel a tour of Japan.
In Berlin, Deutsche Grammophon canceled its Yellow Lounge with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder for March 18. Apparently, the 73-year-old didn’t want to take the flight from Vienna. The Philharmonic had to cut their Tel Aviv festival in half next weekend because many musicians cannot come from Israel. If there were still more stringent measures, however, music could be played there at least, then freely accessible, without a listener for the cameras of the Digital Concert Hall.
The State Opera Unter Linden, on the other hand, communicated: “The performances will take place as planned until further notice. The management of the house is in close contact with the authorities. If the performance is officially banned, the State Opera will implement it accordingly. The employees of the house are required to take all possible precautionary measures. Visitors are informed and sensitized to the topic. “