Friday, October 09, 2020

Cancellations Left and Right

The other week, the Met canceled the balance of the 2020-21 season. This week, Philharmonia Baroque canceled everything through April, 2021. As their web site says:

There is no indication that halls will reopen to capacity, we cannot bring guest artists to the U.S. from other countries because borders are closed, and most importantly, it remains unsafe for our musicians and audience.

The Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills says:

Last July 30, we shared with you our intended programming for the coming year, full of hope that we would be able to invite you back to our stages in some manner. But we have now determined that The Wallis will not open its two indoor theaters - the Bram Goldsmith and the Lovelace Studio Theaters - prior to September 1, 2021, due to the current state of the viral pandemic, local and county health and safety regulations and significant economic sensitivities. Naturally, this is heartbreaking for all of us, but we do not foresee a viable way to make indoor live performances work safely and economically at this time.

I'm sorry to say that we should expect a lot more of this in the next few weeks. I will be very surprised if San Francisco Opera's planned spring performances (Barber of Seville, Der Zwerg, and concerts with Lianna Haroutounian and Irene Theorin) take place as planned. I mean, maybe the concerts could be done outdoors someplace, if the singers are able to travel here and then travel to their respective homes.


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