How Lohengrin can you go in a pandemic?

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How Lohengrin can you go in a pandemic?

Glyndebourne is just one of many festivals around the world having to reinvent the way they put on productions

Estelle Shirbon

Can you do justice to Wagner with only 30 musicians in the orchestra pit because of social distancing?

That was one of countless questions facing the managers of Glyndebourne, an opera house set in idyllic countryside in southern England, as they planned the 2021 summer festival while under Covid-19 lockdown.

“The prospect of doing Wagner with an orchestra of only 30 really didn’t seem to make sense,” said Sarah Hopwood, managing director of Glyndebourne, recounting discussions about whether to go ahead with a production of Tristan und Isolde...

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