IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC – NEWS

Seen and Heard International hopes for the happiest of outcomes for all those who are ill due to the current coronavirus pandemic. We share the optimism of those experts who hope that all those in otherwise good health will be able to resist its worst effects.

With the worldwide restrictions on travel and gatherings of significant numbers the world of classical music and many other entertainment events are currently subjected to a wave of changes, postponements, or cancellations, and it is unlikely normal recreational life will be resumed in the foreseeable future.

Seen and Heard International will continue to post reviews of concerts, operas, dance, theatre, and broadcasts for a long as we can, but bear with us if our content is not refreshed as often as readers have become used to over recent years.

We are not a listings site so if you are checking for news of whether performances have been postponed, cancelled, or might be restarting, please go direct to the websites of the venues concerned.

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Outdoor promenading in August with The Grange Festival’s Precipice

The Grange Festival presents Precipice, an outdoor promenade performance (21-23 August 2020)  ‘The Grange Festival, under the genial direction of the former countertenor Michael Chance, has come of age, a signal achievement in only three years.’ The Sunday Times, June 2019 On 21, 22 and 23 August 2020, The Grange Festival will present Precipice, an outdoor immersive promenade … Read more

The Luna Cinema’s 12th consecutive UK open-air film season

UK’S LEADING OPEN-AIR CINEMA IS BACK WITH A SPECTACULAR SOCIALLY DISTANCED SUMMER SEASON OF BLOCKBUSTER SMASH HITS AND AWARD WINNERS, FROM ROCKETMAN AND JOKER TO SCORES OF FEEL-GOOD, TIMELESS CLASSICS

Summer is back on track as The Luna Cinema’s 12th consecutive open-air film season is set to return in a brand new socially spacious way! After a somewhat turbulent few months for cinema, when it appeared only drive in screens might see the light of day this year, film fans across the country (and those without cars) can now look forward to summer evenings in gorgeous settings, enjoying great films on giant screens under the stars.

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Zooming with the Stars – Met announces Live in Concert Series from 18 July

Met Stars Live in Concert – 12 concerts from 18 July to 19 December

Met Stars Live in Concert Press Conference

In a Zoom press conference, The Metropolitan Opera unveiled its plans for an upcoming series of 12 concerts featuring some of opera’s greatest international stars.

Jonas Kaufmann review click here

Renée Fleming review click here

Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak review click here

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Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich 2020-2021

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich Season Preview

The Swiss Government have not yet announced how concerts may resume in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, so the management of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich have had to be creative and flexible with their planning of next season.

The orchestra hopes that concerts will be able to resume as ‘normal’ from January 2021 onwards. Sadly, the virus has led to a further postponement of the opening of their renovated concert hall (the Tonhalle) until August 2021. Concerts next season will therefore continue at the Tonhalle Maag.

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69th Wexford Festival Opera – 11 to 18 October 2020

69th Wexford Festival Opera further develops its digital presence for 2020

to present a reimagined Festival

 Waiting for Shakespeare…The Festival in the air

 Sunday, 11 October – Sunday, 18 October 2020

Wexford Festival Opera today announced that it has taken the difficult decision to reschedule the previously announced artistic programme to October 2021. This is due to the ongoing worldwide uncertainty regarding the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions into the autumn, and in the best interests of the health and welfare of the Festival’s audiences, artists, staff, and volunteers.

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