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The operas of Chicago and San Francisco will cancel their fall season

there is not only Paris that opera is in crisis. Across the Atlantic, the world of lyrical art just to recover from the Covid-19. The lyric opera of Chicago and the San Francisco opera have cancelled their fall season 2020-2021 because of the outbreak of coronavirus, reports the AP news agency News.

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Four of the ten performances of the lyric opera of Illinois, originally planned for the 17 September have been déprogrammés for the re-opening of the institution on the 16th of January. The opera california has deprogrammed five of its seven shows and pushed back its reopening from 11 September to 25 April.

"In this uncertain context, we must place the safety of our guests and our companies foremost, and to respect the measures recommended by the city of Chicago and State of Illinois," said Anthony Feud, director of the lyric opera, the Chicago Tribune . "It is with a heavy heart that I make this statement today. This means a whole year without opera on the stage of the War Memorial and the abandonment of projects that would have resonated deeply with our world," added his counterpart, Matthew Shilvock at the San Francisco examiner .

In total, twenty-six performances have been cancelled for the fall programming line-up in Chicago against 37 in San Francisco. Anthony Freud hoped to be able to reschedule these shows in the future. Among these, Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagaliacco of Ruggero Leoncavallo. But also the first american of Puccini's Tosca and Attila by Verdi and Lessons in Love and Violence of George Benjamin.

San Francisco, what are Beethoven's Fidelio, the Mozart's Così fan tutte and The Handmaid's tale by Poul Ruders and who pay the price of the health crisis. Shows that the director Matthew Shilvock hope, however, to make the public discover during the seasons in the future. The Barber of Seville by Rossini and Der Zwerg by Alexander von Zemlinsky have been rescheduled for the spring.

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