Mr Homoki, why continue playing the Opera house?
As a publicly and privately funded culture, it is in accordance with the service agreement, our contract, to the Public Opera and ballet performances and concerts to offer. This order, we come for so long, until the Partner of our performance agreement, the Canton of Zurich, pretending to be something else.
The moral pressure on the organizers to grow; he who can hit no drastic measures will be criticized as irresponsible. Do you understand that?
operators are not health experts. If you want to implement in crisis situations, what you to competent authorities to specify, or recommend, I don't understand why you criticized it as irresponsible. We are supposed to get in a daily exchange with the province, confirmed us that we are operating our game with 900 guests in an upright position.
in Doing so, we fulfil conscientiously the requirements: Older people and risk groups will be advised on our Website, but also before each performance individually, by Mail, on the recommendation of the BAG, from an introductory visit to refrain. Sick people and those who have contact with sick people, be active asked not to come out of consideration for the other guests to the Opera house. We accept the return in these cases, without the circumstances of tickets purchased.
How many cards are there?
For the re-recording of "La bohème" last Sunday, for example, we have cancelled about 120 individual tickets. Whether these cancellations were made only of people from the risk group, can not understand. At the same time, we have sold 140 Tickets for this performance new.
How to protect your employees?
The BAG has issued a series of recommendations for employers, which we are implementing. We have granted a leave of absence, for example, employees and artists, due to pre-existing condition of the most vulnerable people, currently. To avoid the rush hours in public transport, we have shifted samples. And choir members of the pieces – "home office learn partially in the self-study" for artists, so to speak. So we can reduce the number of samples in a very cramped choir rehearsal room. These are just a few examples of a long catalogue of Measures, the task force adjusts daily according to the current developments and requirements.
The Federal government prohibits events with over 1000 people, and the Canton of Zurich in front of us, as well as the Tonhalle, to take into account the maximum allowed 1000 persons per room the orchestra. I can't see the Trick.
"We are not the Only ones – a lot of private culture - and event organizer makes it even harder."Andreas Homoki
In Berlin, Vienna, Paris, the Opera houses, in the meantime; it can make for uncertainty.
I can understand That. But the decision, whether we play or not, is not in our hands.
Would you wish for clearer guidance from the Canton?
We get clear guidelines from the Canton, which we are going to implement exactly.
The financial losses are already considerable, a complete closure would have very costly consequences. Who should wear it?
The financial loss is already a total in the mid six-digit range, unless the Situation persists for more intensified or longer. The cancellation of the Opera ball as an annual Fundraising event and the reduction of the space capacity meets the Opera house difficult. But we are not the Only ones – a lot of private culture - and event organizers, it hits even harder. The question of who will bear such financial losses, there is a debate about the associations with the Seco.
Is it from a financial point of view, there is a difference, whether closed voluntarily or on the orders? The chances of public support are rather poor, when one closes, although it is not required.
This is not a question for us. We fulfill our order until we receive a different instruction.
you were in the ballet, a suspected case that has not been confirmed. What do you do when someone falls ill in the Opera house actually?
We do what is recommended by the Federal office for health in this case.
Created: 11.03.2020, 16:19 PMUpdated Date: 11 March 2020, 17:00