Concert hall to stage an opera without an audience due to coronavirus
5 March 2020, 14:36 | Updated: 17 March 2020, 12:07
Biwako Hall in Japan previously cancelled its performance of Wagner’s ‘Götterdämmerung’, but it will now go ahead without anyone in attendance.
Due to novel coronavirus, a concert hall in Japan is planning to stage an opera without an audience this weekend.
Instead, audiences will be able to experience the production, which stars Christin Franz as protagonist Siegfried and Stephanie Müther as the heroic Brünnhilde, via two YouTube live streams.
“Due to the spread of coronavirus in Japan, Biwako Hall’s production of opera Götterdämmerung by Wagner was cancelled,” the hall writes on its website.
“However, we decided to perform without audiences and broadcast worldwide on YouTube Live from 1pm on 7 and 8 March in Japanese time (JST, UTC+9).”
The National Symphony Orchestra in America recently announced that it has cancelled its Japan concerts due to the spread of COVID19.
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