I'm a freelance journalist who took off to Madrid for a look-see and enjoy what was on offer while I was there. I was hoping to write a story about Halloween in this once-bustling capital. Considering how fiesta-loving the Spaniards are, All Saints Day cum Halloween should be quite festive. On the other hand, I had to get real. These are unusual times, the Era of the Covid. And I should be prepared to join a terribly watered-down holiday. . . Guess what I found out!
He wouldn’t wear a mask unless forced to; he was lax about “social distancing” at his meetings and rallies. He disputed with the experts about the pandemic. And now he’s been hospitalized at the Walter Reed Military Hospital for a “mild” case of the covid-19 virus. His wife Melania is also suffering from the virus and is in isolation at the White House.
The Spanish is nothing if not picaresque. It’s there in the underpinnings of his national icons. However, the latest survey by the Sociological Research Center shows that not only do most Spaniards believe the measures adopted by the government to contain the corona pandemic were necessary; now that the lockdown has been lifted, they want the authorities to impose stricter controls, including a re-imposition of confinement, where needed. A near-perfect
unanimity of deeds and sentiments, and quite a departure from what one would normally expect from the highly individualistic picaros.
The Teatro Real has resumed its activity after all programming was cancelled in March due to the pandemic. It has now scheduled 27 ‘La Triavata’ performances between July 1 and 29. All of the pertinent safety measures (masks, hand sanitizers, social distancing) have been adopted, which means only 869 spectators will be allowed to attend each performance. There’s a free presentation of ‘La Traviata’ on My opera Player this coming July 15. A fabulous treat! Don’t miss it.
The New Normal? (Pic: Bart Everson)
Compiled by Jack Wright Text: J. Wright
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