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16 June 2020

San Francisco Opera Cancels 2020 Fall Season Owing to Pandemic

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SAN FRANCISCO OPERA announced today that, due to the coronavirus pandemic and based on current state public health guidelines, it has been forced to cancel its 2020 fall season, which was scheduled to open on September 11 with an opening-night celebration conducted by music director designate Eun Sun Kim

The company’s fall season was to have run through December 6, and would have included thirty-seven performances of five operas, including a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio conducted by Kim, a new production of Così fan Tutte, the West Coast premiere of Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and revivals of Rigoletto and La Bohème. The company has also been forced to cancel an Opera in the Park concert scheduled for October 18 and an Adler Fellows’ showcase in December.

“It is heartbreaking to have to make this announcement today,” said San Francisco Opera general director Matthew Shilvock. “It will mean a full year without opera on the War Memorial stage, and the loss of projects that would have connected powerfully with our world today. It is hard to imagine an opera more resonant than Fidelio, particularly in what would have been a profound interpretation by our music director Eun Sun Kim and stage director Matthew Ozawa. We hope to find homes for the new projects of Fidelio, Così fan tutte and The Handmaid’s Tale in future seasons—they are all operas that speak to the creative potential of San Francisco Opera. As painful as this moment is, we remain a company of extraordinarily creative artists, artisans and technicians, dedicated to doing everything we can to bring opera to life in other contexts, whether digitally or live in other venues, as government mandates and critical issues of safety allow. The creative urge to share our art with audiences has never been stronger. I am so grateful to every member of the Opera family for their resilience and belief. We will keep the music alive.”

The company now expects to be able to return to the War memorial Opera House for its Spring 2021 season, which will run from April 25 through May 16 and will feature performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the company premiere of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, as well as concerts by Lianna Haroutounian and Iréne Theorin along with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. 

During the closure, SFO plans to continue offering presentations of virtual events, streamed opera performances from its archives, Spotify playlists and new digital content through its Opera is ON platform. spacer 

More information can be found at San Francisco Opera.

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