(Sydney) The Sydney Opera House, after months of recess imposed by the pandemic, will resume its performances and is preparing to welcome, for the first time since last March, spectators – now masked.
“The joyful widow” must make its premiere Tuesday in front of an audience limited to 75% of its capacity, a sign of hope for an entertainment industry at a standstill since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, welcomes the AFP Lyndon Terracini, artistic director of the Opera.
“Coming back to the room was very touching for the whole team,” he notes.
“I think over the course of this year, the other operas will open very quickly, and people will come back to our venues with hope,” he adds.
Indoor performances were not strictly prohibited in recent months, but the opera had not opened its doors to the public, and had to delay this resumption due to a local rise in the epidemic in December.
Since then, the mask is compulsory in theaters, and the authorities could take stronger measures if the local household did not go out.
“I have no idea what will happen next,” says Julie Lea Goodwin, the soprano who will lead the opera with Alexander Lewis, saying she is very “enthusiastic” at the idea of returning on stage after nine months of uncertainty.
“I think Australia is doing a great job … but we still have a year I would say, see more,” she regrets.
Australia has recorded 28,400 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 909 deaths, out of a population of around 25 million.