With the near future still up in arms over when theatres will again be allowed to open and patrons allowed to gather, the Metropolitan Opera has made further postponements in its upcoming season.
After the shutdown in March, The Met cancelled the remainder of the 2019-2020 Opera season. As the uncertainty continues, the 2020-2021 season is also in jeopardy.
Current plans have the season beginning on December 31 with a special gala performance yet to be announced.
New productions of “Die Zauberflote” and “Don Giovanni” have been put on hold and are being replaced with the current repertory productions.
New productions of “Aida” and “The Fiery Angel” will be postponed for later seasons.
The previously scheduled “Dead Man Walking” remains in the lineup.
Other productions scheduled for the season are “Die Frau ohne Schatten”, “Roméo et Juliette”, “Il Pirata”, and “Barbiere di Siviglia”.
The originally planned February break is being replaced by performances of “La Boheme”, “Carmen”, and “La Traviata”.
The starting time for shows have also been moved to 7pm with longer productions being shortened to increase audience appeal and cut down on overtime.
Patrons will automatically receive credit for cancelled shows and all exchange fees have been waived.
In the Pacific northwest, the Seattle Opera has announced that there are some changes in their upcoming season.
Set to begin August 8 the performances of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” have been cancelled as concerns over the Covid-19 virus continue.
In addition to the over 200 cast and crew being out of work, the Seattle Opera is furloughing over half of the Opera’s administrative staff.
Currently the performance of “La Boheme” set to begin August 21 remains on the schedule. Patrons who have purchased tickets for the cancelled shows will have their purchases transferred to “La Boheme”.