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New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera introduced on Wednesday that the home will stay closed till September 2021.
In a press launch, the Met mentioned that it had made its choice to cancel the remainder of the 2020-21 season primarily based on the recommendation of “well being officers who advise the Met and Lincoln Heart,” and maintaining in thoughts the a whole lot of performers and workers members required for rehearsals and performances in addition to its audiences.
The Met added that it won’t be able to renew performances “till a vaccine is broadly in use, herd immunity is established, and the carrying of masks and social distancing is now not a medical requirement.”
Within the meantime, the Met says it should proceed streaming free displays of earlier productions on-line, because it has since March.
The Met is the most important performing arts group within the U.S. and this choice serves as a harsh reminder to music followers and performing organizations of all sizes throughout the nation — to not point out different giant establishments in New York Metropolis, together with Broadway theaters — that protected reopening could also be a very long time away.
Roughly 1,000 Met performers and workers haven’t been paid in almost six months. Additionally they rely upon the Met for medical insurance.
The home’s most vaunted star, soprano Anna Netrebko — who was scheduled to look on the Met in two completely different operas within the 2020-21 season, together with on its opening night time — wrote on Instagram final Thursday that she was within the hospital with COVID-19 “and can get better quickly.” (She additionally famous that her husband, Yusif Eyvazov, has coronavirus antibodies.)
Two different Met performers, violist Vincent Lionti and assistant conductor Joel Revzen, have died of COVID-19.
The timing of the Met’s announcement comes simply two days after the New York Occasions printed an investigative report displaying that the opera firm and its insurers paid its former, disgraced music director James Levine $3.5 million to settle acrimonious, competing courtroom claims. Levine has publicly been accused of sexual abuse by 9 males, and was fired by the Met in March 2018.