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Covid-19 pandemic impact on Opera, Broadway, the performance community and The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice response.

Re-Invention in the time of Covid Pandemic PANDEMIC- just over two years ago, the world was shutting down because of the corona virus which began tragically taking lives around the world. It was hard on everyone without question, but certain sectors were hit harder than others- especially the performing arts.     Opera houses, Broadway and...

Hudson Valley One (HV1) Print & Online News & Culture Magazine,

Hudson Valley One (HV1) Print & Online News & Culture Magazine,

Picture, if you will, the immense challenge facing the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice in 2020, when COVID-19 was raging, all theaters were closed and, given the virus’ propensity for aerosol transmission, any gathering of singers seemed doomed to become a “superspreader event.” According to Festival founder Maria Todaro, plans to put on a live summertime performance of Puccini’s Tosca had been in the works for months before the severity of the pandemic became apparent, and she was determined not to give up on them. So, she made arrangements to produce the opera “with full everything” in an extraordinary format: live onstage, in front of a sea of parked cars on the former IBM site at Kingston’s Tech City.

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