The Metropolitan Opera's Fall Season Is Officially Canceled
On Monday, the Metropolitan Opera announced it is canceling all of its fall performances. As Time Out noted, this will mark the first time New York City has gone without an opera in more than a century.
“Based on current information regarding the ongoing health crisis, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the first few months of the 2020–21 season,” the opera announced on its website. “We now expect to re-open our doors and welcome audiences back to the Met on December 31, 2020, with a special gala performance, the details of which will be shared at a later date.”
In a video further detailing why they made the difficult decision, Peter Gelb, the opera’s general manager, said, "Social distancing and grand opera simply don't go together." He added, "Our doctors, medical advisers and health and government officials agree as long as social distancing is required, we can't put on performances here, and clearly that is the state of affairs for the fall."
Because of timing and technical restraints, the opera has changed its scheduling just a bit. According to its announcement, Mozart’s "Die Zauberflöte" and "Don Giovanni" will be performed in revivals of the Julie Taymor and Michael Grandage productions, respectively, instead of the previously announced new stagings by Simon McBurney and Ivo van Hove.
"We are hopeful in the winter that starting December 31, there will be a medical solution and the Met will continue its performances at that time," Gelb added. "In the troubled state of the world today, people certainly need the relief and happiness and solace the grand opera brings to them. For now, we'll be streaming and in the winter we'll be performing again."