Audience kick off at the opera house in Spain's Madrid as show cancelled

Spain’s main opera house in Madrid has come under fire after a show had to be cancelled as spectators kicked off and were complaining about the lack of social distancing in upper-circle seats.

Videos circulated online by several persons in the audience to Sunday’s performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” at the Royal Theatre in Madrid.

The videos showed some full rows in the highest and cheapest audience platform, while attendance at the more expensive floor area had been reduced leaving empty seats.

The theatre, which has started an investigation into the incident, said that attendance had been reduced to 905 seats, or 51.5% of the total, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Current rules in Madrid limit cultural performances to 75% of the audience.

The incident comes as arguments are raging in Spain over inequality after the Madrid regional government placed under partial lockdown some poor, working-class neighbourhoods with some of the worst virus spread indicators.

The measures have been met with protests because some people consider that authorities are stigmatizing the poor.

 

 


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