Venice (AP) - At the La Fenice Opera House in Venice, you can once again play and sing in front of an audience. "It is a great moment to have audiences in the theater for the first time, for us and for the city of Venice," said the artistic director Fortunato Ortombina of the dpa.

After a month-long Corona break, the theater is celebrating its new start this Sunday with a concert with choir and orchestra. The house has dedicated the performance to the Venetians, the lagoon city and medical helpers in the fight against Covid 19 disease, as Ortombina explained. The program includes the "Fanfare for a Common Man" by the American composer Aaron Copland. Pieces by Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli and Johann Sebastian Bach are also planned. Opera evenings will follow in the coming days.

In June there were first performances at La Fenice without an audience. They were transferred to the internet. There are strict distance rules for the artists on stage as well as for the audience to avoid contagion. Instead of around 1,000 guests, only around 300 people could currently enter the hall, said the director. Venice needs positive signals because the city has been wounded several times. On the one hand, northern Italy and the Veneto region were severely affected by the virus outbreak. At the same time, the city is suffering even more than the metropolis of Milan in Lombardy from the collapse of tourism. This is the central source of income, even if the mass rush has recently become too much. "Let's hope it will be a real restart," said Fortunato Ortombina in a telephone interview. The demand for tickets for Sunday was good.

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