The Metropolitan Opera, in New York City, has this week announced the cancellation of all performances between now and the 31st of December, 2020 – due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Since their last live performance on the 11th of March, the Met has experienced one of the longest interruptions in its 137-year history.
“It’s transparently obvious that social distancing and grand opera cannot go together … it’s not just the audience; it’s the health of the company … ” General Manager Peter Gelb has this week said.
“You cannot put a symphony orchestra inside a pit, and performers and a chorus in intimate proximity on the stage of the Met …” he has said.
“The Met’s financial position was somewhat fragile before the pandemic … this has increased the economic risks significantly … on the other hand, it has become a rallying cry to the Met, and to its supporters, of the urgent need to address it and come up with solutions … because nobody wants the Met to fail.”