English National Opera Launches Program to Help COVID-19 Patients

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: David Bebber/Reuters)

The English National Opera will take part in”ENO Breathe,” a rehabilitation program aimed at supporting patients recovering from COVID-19.

The six-week first phase I of the program will employ lullabies to help teach patients techniques that will focus on their breathing. In Phase II, the ENO and medical experts at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust around the UK will develop “ENO Breathe” as a national program.

In the final phase, the famed opera company will create a self-guided online learning course to help those recovering from COVID-19 around the globe.

“Our new online program ENO Breathe will provide participants with support from leading medical and artistic practitioners and offer them a unique opportunity not only to support their physiological recovery but also their mental health as they continue to recover from the impact of COVID-19,” ENO Baylis director Jenny Mollica said in a press release.

The program “embodies the power of opera,” added ENO Chief Executive Stuart Murphy.