This September, the north London venue will host accessible, shortened productions of works including Puccini’s La bohème and Mozart‘s The Magic Flute.
The audience will be able to watch the live performances from their cars, while the musicians and singers are safely spaced out on stage to comply with social distancing measures.
Stuart Murphy, the chief executive of ENO, told The Guardian that it is “a bit of an experiment and if it works it might be a way of bringing the artform to people in a totally different and authentic way”.
“I miss seeing my brother and sister, seeing my mates close up, and I miss seeing something live. It is human nature to yearn for that. Hopefully we can offer that universal, collective experience in a safe environment.”
Roughly 300 cars can attend the events, with larger vehicles positioned at the back. Audience members on motorbikes and pedal cycles will also be allowed.
“Instead of clapping or shouting ‘bravo’, it might be that people flash their lights or honk their horn. As long as it’s authentic, we’re not going to force it,” Murphy said.
If the events are a success, ENO will try to replicate them across the UK.
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