The Royal Theater identifies a contagion in the massive screening of the last three days | Culture

Yolanda Auyanet (Norma) during the interpretation of 'Casta Diva', by Bellini.
Yolanda Auyanet (Norma) during the interpretation of ‘Casta Diva’, by Bellini.Javier del Real / Teatro Real

The Royal Theater has made public this Thursday in a statement that it carried out 453 coronavirus analyzes on its workers between April 5 and 7. On the first day of screening, one positive was detected among the 56 members of the artistic cast. This person has mild symptoms, remains isolated and has not reported close contact with his colleagues, according to the aforementioned text. 96 tests were carried out in the administration department, 229 in the technical area and 52 in the choir. All were negative. Personnel from the prevention service of the Quirón health group participated in the tests and their results have already been sent to the Community of Madrid.


The management of the coliseum convened a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that was postponed the following morning until the 12th. The theater’s president, Gregorio Marañón, its general director, Ignacio García-Belenguer, and the head of Epidemiology of the Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Santiago Moreno. The objective, in the words of the call, was to be “at the disposal of the media to answer questions and clarify doubts regarding the situation at the Teatro Real.” Some of the members of the montage of Benjamin Britten’s work will perform at the appointment on the 12th Peter Grimes, among them the musical director, Ivor Bolton, the stage director, Deborah Warner, the tenor Allan Clayton, the soprano María Bengtsson and the baritone Christopher Purves. The general and artistic directors of the Real will also attend.

During the presentation of the Estampa art fair in Madrid, the Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, defended that “you can go to the opera with ease”. And he added: “Culture is safer than any other space. First, because protocols are made and when there are infections they are detected. And in addition, there are a whole series of security guarantees. The proof is the year that we have been, in which they have been able to make cinema, theater or music. With a lot of effort and sacrifice, but they have done well ”.

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