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16 June 2020

Lyric Opera of Chicago Cancels Performances Through December 2020 Due to Pandemic

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LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO announced today that it has cancelled the performances scheduled from September to December in the company's 2020-21 season due to the ongoing health crisis. 

The announcement, made today by Lyric's general director, president, and CEO, Anthony Freud, indicates that performing arts companies on LOC's scale in the state of Illinois are slated for the final five-phase plan for reopening, and that it is untenable for the company to operate on anything close to a normal basis until that final phase is reached. 

"On behalf of our staff, boards, artists, donors, subscribers, and ticketholders, we have come to today’s decision based on the best information currently available. In this uncertain environment, we must put the safety of our guests, artists, and company first, respecting the policies implemented by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois," said Freud. "Canceling our performances in the opera house through the fall is heartbreaking and we look forward to and expect to be able to welcome audiences back to Lyric in January 2021 with the Chicago premiere of Blue, with music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Tazewell Thompson, a new work exploring the relationship between an African American teenager and his police officer father."

According to the company's statement, the Lyric Opera staff continues to work on productions and special events anticipating a January 2021 reopening, and that a previously announced renovation of the Ardis Krainik Theatre, which will include new seats and improved sightlights, is proceeding under established safety protocols. 

The company is exploring the possibility of rescheduling for subsequent seasons the canceled productions, which include stagings of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, George Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence, Tosca and Attila.  

Lyric Opera intends to present alternative activities that will be presented throughout the fall that will focus on "ensuring that the art form of opera remains in the hearts and minds of Lyric audiences and stakeholders through this period of closure." spacer 

More information can be found at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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