19 jump-ins save last night’s Vienna opera

19 jump-ins save last night’s Vienna opera


norman lebrecht

February 03, 2022

We’re hearing that last night’s Peter Grimes was almost called off after 19 members of the Vienna State Opera chorus tested positive for Covid.

The night was saved by members of the city’s Arnold Schönberg Chor who volunteered to sing at very short notice.





  • UK Arts Administrator says:

    This large-scale jump-in was helped very much by the fact that the excellent Arnold Schoenberg Choir had recently sung Peter Grimes just down the road at Theater an der Wien – so they all presumably knew the score, literally, by heart.

    • True North says:

      I came here to find out how they were able to sing Peter Grimes “at very short notice,” so thanks for providing that important little detail!

  • Monsoon says:

    There have been seven posts about the Vienna State Opera since just Jan 25.

    Since when did it become the center of the opera world?

  • musician says:

    That’s Vienna.

  • Colin says:

    Heros? They are South American fish, I understand.

  • Jim smith says:

    I go every other year to Berlin. Even with the plane ticket it’s more affordable than the met. Only the most egregious of eurotrash productions bothers me now