Lucerne Festival opens. No vaccinations requiredNews
The Lucerne Festival opens today with many of Europe’s top orchestras and no major cancellations.
Attendance at events is limited to 1,000 in the 1,898-seat concert hall, but no proof of vaccination or recent Covid test is required. ‘An aerosol study has confirmed that displacement ventilation in the KKL concert hall is very good and that it offers the greatest possible safety and protection,’ said festival director Michael Haefliger.
The Lucerne Festival Orchestra with chief conductor Riccardo Chailly are in the driving seat, alongside Yuja Wang as Artiste Étoile and Rebecca Saunders is composer-in-residence. Visitors include Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich with Paavo Järvi, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, the Berlin Philharmonic with Kirill Petrenko, the Royal Concertgebouworkest, Staatskapelle Berlin, the LSO, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Mariinsky.