Breaking: Covid cluster hits Vienna operamain
A performance of Merry Widow at Vienna’s Music and Art University (MUK) has yielded 24 confirmed Covid cases, ORF reports.
The circle of infections is widening and the State Opera has forced as a result of contact tracing to make two personnel changes.
Last night, Evelino Pidò jumped in to conduct L’Elisir d’amore and Javier Camarena sang the role of Nemorino in place of Liparit Avetisyan. The State Opera said it ‘immediately isolated all direct and indirect contacts of the person concerned and is subjecting them to daily tests to prevent further spread of the infection in the house’.
It’s like a rerun of Schnitzler’s play La Ronde.
UPDATE: It is being alleged that there was close contact between performers and audience members at the university. The Staatsoper’s chief Bogdan Roscic claims he saw a mingling ‘between the stage and the public area that should actually be unthinkable.