Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho welcomes back audiences to the Greek National Opera after a seven-month closure
After seven months of closure due to COVID-19, the Greek National Opera has finally opened its doors.
With new health protocols and a limited capacity, the Opera welcomes its audiences in an original way to convince the public of its safe activity.
“We started hesitantly and within a few days the audience responded in the best way, because everyone feels that we have taken all the necessary measures to make it completely safe,” said the Greek National Opera artistic director, Giorgos Koumendakis.
The first show for the new season is “Madame Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini, which is also the first opera every staged by the Greek National Opera when it opened in October 25 1940, three days before the start of the Greco-Italian war.
Ermonela Jaho, an Albanian soprano who lives in New York said she feels very emotional every time she is on stage.
“Before and after every show I am in tears, because I feel so lucky that I am there, and I kiss the stage every time when I get the applause and I think, maybe this is going to be the last time. Maybe it is going to take a lot of time until next time and it is emotionally incredible,” said soprano Ermonela Jaho.
“More than odd, it is a little difficult to not see the audience in its full capacity and energy. But still, even if you see one person watching you, it is a great victory”, she added when asked regarding the COVID-19 situation.
The Albanian soprano has been described by "The Economist" as the most appreciated soprano in the world.