COVID-19: performing artists uncertain about their future

Covid-19 has also disrupted the plans of artists who earn a living from their performances and concerts, which have had to be cancelled.

Baritone Joseph Lia and his Russian wife Natalia Rakjmatulina have had to cancel several concerts, even in Russia as part of the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

He said that circumstances did not permit these to take place, and the couple both individually and as a duo also had to cancel their participation in various classical music festivals. Moreover, much of their future hangs in the balance .

“We don’t know if we will have to quarantine; when airports reopen, we don’t know how many people will be allowed into theatres and whether people will be skeptical about coming to the concerts which were already very particular and not your mainstream concert. These concerts are on a much smaller scale and we don’t know how audiences will react when theatres reopen ”.

Joseph said that despite the difficulties, the couple have adjusted to this new reality also by strengthening their presence on social media.

“I collaborated with two Russians – one, a poet Yana Psaila who speaks Maltese and translates from Russian to Maltese and Yuri Charyguine. We put together a poem, Yana translated it into a story that takes place in a soldiers’ shelter and the poem tells a story of World War II »

Joseph Lia said he hoped the page would be turned over as soon as possible so artists can continue with their careers. He acknowledged that while social media was building an indispensable bridge between artists and audiences because of accessibility to technological means, nothing replaces live concerts in theaters.

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