27 ° C
Breaking News

19 Covid cases 28 July, 12 hospitalised, 2 in ICU, 96 home monitored, 2,674 recoveries, 33 deaths, 269 incidence rate, 63% eligible population vaccinated

Opera carries on despite crisis

Opera carries on despite crisis

By Stephanie Horsman - April 29, 2020

The health crisis has been a disaster for cultural institutions in the Principality, but the Opera de Monte Carlo has found a clever way to promote themselves during these trying times, as well as offering entertainment to legions of fans and new fans alike.

Since mid-March, the Opera de Monte Carlo has been unable to perform its planned repertoire for the 2019-2020 season. The opera house, like so many other buildings, has been completely deserted. Scores of people were left without work and there was no silver lining in sight.

These have been sad times for the opera lovers of the Principality and the region in general. But instead of despairing, stage director Jean-Louis Grinda took this as an opportunity to widen his audience and give people a chance to see the beauty of the shows that would have been.

As luck would have it, the opera had been recording shows and for the past year and had been posting them on the Opera’s YouTube channel. Falstaff, Lucia de Lammermoor and La Bohème have all been presented during lockdown. The presentations have run from 20 to 40 minutes in duration, depending on the play and act, creating a sort of episodic opera scenario where people tune in anticipating the next segment.

The segments have been posted to the Opera’s Facebook page as well with the hope that seeing an opera performed would boost visibility and create new enthusiasts.

“When you put on a show on Facebook, you don’t make any money, but it is visibility, a great means of promotion,” said Mr Grinda. “Above all sharing with our audience is a good way to keep the link with them. We will continue this approach after the crisis. We just need to strike a balance.”


Photo: Screenshot of Opera’s performance on Youtube



Previous articleTreats offered to unsung heroes of crisis
Next articleFabregas concedes four months salary


July 28, 2021 | Lifestyle & Wellbeing

MYS to feature new design and innovation hub

Cassandra Tanti

Visitors to the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show will discover a new exhibition area dedicated to design and innovative solutions in superyachting: the Yacht Design and Innovation Hub.

July 28, 2021 | Lifestyle & Wellbeing

Take a break from cars on “Cycling Sunday”

Staff Writer

“Cycling Sunday”, the one-day event that has proved so successful in previous years, has returned to Monaco, encouraging people to get out of their cars and onto their bicycles.

July 28, 2021 | Lifestyle & Wellbeing

“We have reputations to uphold”

Stephanie Horsman

Monaco and Luxembourg have signed a cooperation agreement that will strengthen efforts in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing.

July 27, 2021 | Lifestyle & Wellbeing

Health pass for all from 23rd August

Cassandra Tanti

Monaco residents will need to hold a health pass to access restaurants and bars from late August as the government responds to a “fourth wave” of the Covid epidemic.