Covid saves Covent Garden from past misdeedsmain
The press release says:
Italian conductor Evelino Pidò has withdrawn from conducting performances of La bohème (19 June–6 July 2021) due to ongoing quarantine regulations meaning he is unable to honour his artistic commitments in both London and Madrid.
In plain English, this is a hugely positive development, a win-win situation. It means international conductors cannot hop two or three times a week from conducting an opera in one city to concerts in two others, burning an ever larger hole in the ozone layer and a questionmark about their core commitment.
If Covid has taught us one lesson it is that the flying has to stop.
Pido is being replaced at Covent Garden by two house favourites – the former chorus director Renato Balsadonna (pictured) and the resident conductor and accompanist Paul Wynne Griffiths.