The Metropolitan Opera’s 2020-2021 season has been fully cancelled “based on the advice of health officials who advise the Met and Lincoln Center,” the opera said in an email this week.
“Because of the many hundreds of performers who are required to rehearse and perform in close quarters and because of the company’s large audience, it was determined that it would not be safe for the Met to resume 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 message said. “We want nothing more than to get back to creating operatic magic as only the Met can, but the safety of our company and the audience we serve must come first.”
But The Met is already well into planning for the 2021-2022 season, and even has a premiere date and show: on September 27, Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones will bring opera back to the stage.
In the meantime, The Met will continue to stream opera on a nightly basis. Already, some locals have watched nearly 200 operas in a row.
The Met continues its commitment to bringing opera to our loyal audience even while the stage is dark, and the free Nightly Opera Streams will continue through the entire closure. Also, we hope you’ll join us for the remainder of the groundbreaking Met Stars Live in Concert series, featuring opera’s greatest stars performing live from striking locations around the globe, transmitted via satellite in state-of-the-art HD quality.