Bayerische Staatsoper Cancels Final ‘Die Zauberflöte” Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Felix Loechner)

The Bayerische Staatsoper has cancelled the final performance of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” on Dec. 30, 2021 due to a positive COVID-19 case in the cast.

The opera was set to star Pavol Breslik as Tamino, Olga Kulchynska as Pamina, Marina Monzó as Die Königin der Nacht, and Günther Groissböck as Sarastro. The cast also included Eliza Boom, Daria Proszek, Lindsay Ammann, Milan Siljanov, Sean Michael Plumb, Jasmin Delfs, Ulrich Reß, Kevin Conners, Daniel Noyola, Jurij Diez, and Markus Baumeister. Ivor Bolton was set to conduct a production by August Everding.

Germany is undergoing a COVID-19 wave driven primarily by the Delta variant, as Omicron is still taking hold. The German federal government and Prime Ministers of German federal states adopted new measures which came into effect on Dec. 28, 2021. Opera houses are allowed to stay open, and every federal state can bring the measures it deems epidemiologically appropriate.

The current seven day incidence in Munich stands at 182.4.