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Confessions in times of Corona: Matteo El Khodr
In these moments of global confinement, Agenda Culturel goes to meet artists and cultural actors to listen to their feelings in times of Corona.
MATTEO EL KHODR, countertenor opera singer and actor. @ matteoelkhodr
How are you living your lockdown?
I was recording THE VOICE in Paris, went for concerts in Germany and Switzerland and as soon as I stepped in Beirut, the airport closed, and the lockdown started! I am living the confinement in my home in Mar Mikhael in Beirut. Thank god I created a lovely home, it’s so pleasant to be locked down in a nice place!
I gave myself more time: I decided to watch Game of Thrones! Finally!
I started painting again! I sing, I train, fix some stuff in my apartment, catch up with some old friends, write and read books (I am re-reading my classics!) and some amazing quality time with my family and my partner.
From your active life, what do you miss the most?
I mostly miss my concerts: singing alone is not quite the same as singing to an audience or a concert hall full of people! I posted many videos of me singing during quarantine, but it will never replace the 12 concerts scheduled for Easter all over Europe! (And I miss gathering with my friends!)
What don't you miss?
The traffic of course, the stress and the hectic life! I am really scared of the after-confinement effect! Frustrations can create terrible things! I live in a brutal neighborhood where car horns and people are everywhere. It’s been a while I haven’t heard the birds, had my coffee on my balcony or opened the windows at night!
How do you think life will be after Corona?
I think we have two options: ignorant people will go back to normal life as if nothing happened and clever people would have learned a valuable lesson: take care of our beautiful nature, stay safe and most of all take good advantage of our time and our families.
A word of encouragement to our readers
Don’t forget the essential things in life, don’t get carried away by stupid and shallow things: the simplest things are the most important and we all rediscovered them during the confinement. Stay safe and love you all!