The Coronavirus Economy: Meet the vocal coach keeping busy while opera stages are all dark

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Just like a top ranked tennis star or an Olympic marathoner, an opera singer needs a coach. Rachelle Jonck, a New York-based vocal coach, works with opera singers bound for the art form’s biggest stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden in London, and Chicago’s Lyric Opera, helping them with everything from Italian diction while singing to breathing exercises to help taking on Germanic opera if that is not the artist’s forte.

But since the COVID-19 lockdowns started in mid-March in the United States, one opera house after the other has gone dark, leaving Jonck’s clients idle and unable to

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