Just in: Israel Opera sacks its chorus

Just in: Israel Opera sacks its chorus


norman lebrecht

November 13, 2020

A video report just in: The Israel Opera has dismissed 53 members of its chorus.

Dismissal letters were received today.

‘I’m in shock,’ says one singer.

Zach Granit, the opera’s CEO, said ‘it’s the hardest decision of my life: to have a season without chorus.’



  • Brettermeier says:

    It’s really annoying that line breaks etc. don’t seem to work in the comments anymore. But thumbs up for no more thumbs!

  • Dan W says:

    ROH could be in a similar position if they didn’t have such valuable assets to sell (ie The infamous Hockney). Puts it into reality what a perilous position Opera houses are in right now

  • Beinisch says:

    A very professional and right decision.
    No other way to continue holding an opera house these difficult days.

  • Mark says:

    Wouldn’t think the chorus of an opera company would be on a substantial contact anyway

  • Sharon says:

    Are they doing this primarily for the money or because of Covid?

  • Sharon says:

    Is this being done for financial reasons, for social distancing in choirs Covid reasons, or both?