PHILADELPHIA — Laid off servers from South Philly's Victor Café, who are all also opera singers came together online to give a virtual performance amid the local outbreak of the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
The singer-servers perform while on shifts at the café, but were laid off when the restaurant closed March 16.
But eve with the closure, the wait staff decided to sing anyway, this time all online.
"We are singing this beloved chorus of hope from Verdi's Nabucco while in isolation, and hope our collective chorus inspires you to hope as well," the restaurant said on YouTube.
The staff also launched a GoFundMe campaign to support their fellow laid off workers.
As of Thursday morning, the campaign has raised about $2,700 of its $50,000 goal.
"If you are able, please contribute to The Victor Café Family Fund, which will support our staff during this time," the restaurant said.
Below are the translated lyrics of the piece:
Go, thoughts, on golden wings
Go, settle upon the slopes and hills,
where warm and soft and fragrant are
the breezes of our sweet native land!
Greet the banks of the Jordan,
the towers of Zion ...
Oh my country so beautiful and lost!
Or so dear yet unhappy!
Or harp of the prophetic seers,
why do you hang silent from the willows?
Rekindle the memories within our hearts,
tell us about the time that have gone by
Or similar to the fate of Solomon,
give a sound of lament;
or let the Lord inspire a concert
That may give to endure our suffering.