Met Opera Cancels 2020-21 Season, Extending Shutdown for One Year

By Anna Breuer on 23 September 2020
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The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center

The Metropolitan Opera announced Wednesday it would be cancelling its 2020-21 season amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The company said that, based on the advice of health officials, it could not safely restart performances “until a vaccine is widely in use, herd immunity is established, and the wearing of masks and social distancing is no longer a medical requirement.”

The company had already cancelled its fall season in June and had shut down in mid-March, alongside Broadway and off-Broadway theaters among other arts and cultural organizations.

The company had hoped to restart performances by with a New Year’s Eve gala.  In April, the Met held a special online fund-raising event, dubbing it an “At-Home Gala,” as a fund-raiser, in which over 40 opera stars from 15 countries performed live from their living rooms or kitchens.

Multiple members of the company have contracted the coronavirus and two died from it, Vincent Lionti, a violist in the orchestra, and Joel Revzen, an assistant conductor.

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