Wednesday, June 02, 2021

So Nu?

War Memorial Opera. House
Photo by Lisa Hirsch

Various musical organizations have announced when they will resume public, in-person performances:

  • LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl and at WDCH
  • Seattle Opera
  • LA Opera
  • Metropolitan Opera (if they can settle their various labor disputes)
San Francisco Symphony has been playing live to a reduced-capacity audience (and I really need to get tickets to see them!). San Francisco Opera....bupkis. The only live performances haven't even been socially distanced: they've been outdoors in a temporary facility with sound transmitted by radio to a small audience of people stuck in their cars.

It would be nice to know what's happening in the fall, which is....only three months off.


Sacto OperaFan said...

I was wondering about this myself. SFO is usually the first of the international houses to start the Fall season. If they wait any longer ticket sales will be low come the traditional September start date.

I was thinking maybe instead of our 1st Friday after Labor Day opening night, the first full opera production in house will be in the Summer 2022. During the Fall 2021 season they may present concerts and recitals to tie them over; hence their delay in announcing. Thoughts?

Lisa Hirsch said...

I think that Matthew Shilvock is extremely cautious. I would be surprised if they do a fall season of concerts and recitals, so I think that there should be an announcement....soon?

Brent said...

Do you know whether the WMOH seat replacement project has been completed? Any uncertainty there is likely a showstopper. The last thing I saw a twitter post with a picture on Apr 3 from @sfwarmemorial which showed "progress", but definitely incomplete.

Lisa Hirsch said...

True! I doubt that the seat replacement project will take through September. I can ask....

Matthew said...

SF Opera has been incredibly cautious, but this lack of an announcement is worrisome.

Lisa Hirsch said...

I have no word on what's up. I guess we'll see.

Lisa Hirsch said...

I just got email from SFO that y'all might also have: the season announcement is in two weeks, on Tuesday, June 22, at 4 p.m. Pacific time.