Opera Australia has announced another round of cancellations – bringing the number of performances that the company has cancelled or postponed in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 to more than 570.

The latest cancellations include the entire Sydney winter season, including the premiere of Davide Livermore’s digital production of Roberto Devereux– the second part in the Donizetti’s Tudor Queens trilogy that Livermore is staging for OA. Among other losses are the Australian premieres of the Tony Award-winning musical Light in the Piazzastarring Renée Fleming and Alex Jennings, and a new production of Fiddler on the Roof, sung in Yiddish, which was to have been co-produced with John Frost and directed by Joel Grey.

The company has also postponed the premiere seasons of Rembrandt’s Wife, a new Australian opera by Andrew Ford and Sue Smith.

Nicole Car as Tatyana in OA’s production of Eugene Onegin. Photograph © Lisa Tomasetti

“These cancellations are devastating to an unparalleled degree for performers and audiences alike. It’s incredibly disappointing to be making these announcements, but the health and well-being of the extended OA community remains our highest priority, by complying with the restrictions mandated in suppressing the...

Access our paywalled content and archive of magazines, regular news and features for the limited offer of $3 per month. Support independent journalism.

Subscribe now or log in to continue reading.