English National Opera to Present Live Operas in September, With a Twist

By David Salazar

The English National Opera is planning on relaunching live performances, with a twist.


Per several reports, the company is planning to present opera for three weeks in September in a drive-in type atmosphere at the Alexandra Palace in North London. The company would be presenting a 90-minute version of Puccini’s “La Bohème” and a one-hour version of “Mozart’s “The Magic Flute;” there would be 12 performances in total.


Singers and musicians will be spaced out to retain the social distancing protocols while audience members can drive up to the location to watch the performance take place.

About 300 vehicles would be allowed to witness the performance, with the largest automobiles stationed at the back of the lot.

The company is reportedly interested in expanding the concept to other parts of the United Kingdom if this experiment works out.

“The odd thing for all of us is the lack of social contact at the moment. If I see one more Zoom thing of 50 musicians singing … I now find it cold,” stated ENO’s Chief Executive Stuart Murphy in a report by The Guardian.