Bayerische Staatsoper Resumes Rehearsals of ‘Lear’

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced that it will resume the rehearsals of Aribert Reimann’s massive opera “Lear” on April 24, 2021.

The rehearsals were discontinued on April 17 as one member of the production team tested positive for COVID-19, which triggered mandatory isolation for all the persons involved with the rehearsals. After subsequent extensive control tests on the production team of “Lear,” no further infection could be detected.

Following the request from the production team of “Lear,” the Bayerische Staatsoper will expand the RT-PCR testing for all the persons involved with the rehearsals. The new guidelines assume RT-PCR COVID-19 testing twice or three times per week.

The Bayerische Staatsoper is currently closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 worries in Germany. The opera house recently canceled the productions of Richard Strauss‘ “Ariadne auf Naxos” and Verdi‘s “I Masnadieri” in May, and the complex epidemiological situation weighs heavily on the possible reopening of the opera house. The German federal government has taken control over the pandemic by amending the Infection Protection Act. The new law will enable the federal authorities to impose universal emergency brake throughout the whole territory of the country.

Current 7-day incidence in Munich stands at 148.2.