Zurich Opera phones in its orchestra and chorus

Zurich Opera House last night opened a full staged production of Boris Godunow, one of the biggest shows in the canon.

Barrie Kosky directed, Michael Volle sang the title role. There were 900 permitted in the audience.

Due to Covid distancing rules there was no room in the pit or on stage for the large orchestra and chorus.

They performed in the company’s rehearsal venue of the orchestra, about a kilometre away, and were streamed into the opera house though glass fibre cable.

Could that be the new normal?

Reviews have yet to appear.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Here’s the official version: The orchestra and chorus will perform from an external rehearsal room, which has been converted into a recording studio, and will be broadcast live to the Opernhaus for performances. The soloists will be on stage performing, breathing life into the music as they normally do. This mixture of live vocal performance, music broadcast live, and a specific spatial sound is unique to the Opernhaus. And this performance model enables the Opernhaus Zürich to make only minor changes to the season’s schedule of events.