Teatro Real di Madrid Experiences COVID-19 Outbreak in ‘Peter Grimes’ ProductionBy Francisco Salazar
The Teatro Real in Madrid is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
While the Teatro Real has yet to confirm the news, Intermezzo which represents the chorus has confirmed that four of the 12 soloists in the production have caught the virus while nine chorus members and various orchestra members have also been infected or tested positive.
As a result, chorus rehearsals were suspended during the week of March 17 and costume tests were also suspended on March 22.
According to the Teatro Real, all cases have been contained and have not been severe. The company also noted that it is continuing to follow all health regulations and restrictions in order to contain the spread and will open “Peter Grimes” on April 19 as announced.
The Teatro Real originally announced that the production was delayed due to due to several factors including the delay in the artists’ arrival to the rehearsals, caused by the restrictions in mobility and the bureaucratic obstacles of Brexit (most of the artists are British). There has also been a complete readjustment of the rehearsal schedule, which could not continue in the theater’s rehearsal rooms due to a large number of participants in the opera.