Berkshire Opera Festival Cancels ‘Don Giovanni’ Production This Summer

By David Salazar

The Berkshire Opera Festival has canceled its summer 2020 production of “Don Giovanni.”

The company announced that the decision was a necessary one due to the continued concerns over COVID-19 around the country.

“Throughout the past few months, we have worked tirelessly to develop a number of alternative possibilities for safely producing ‘Don Giovanni,’ given that we did not know what the state of Massachusetts’s reopening mandate would be for indoor, live performances,” stated Berkshire Opera Festival Executive Director Abigail Rollins in a press release. “On July 6, 2020, the state’s Phase 3 reopening protocols began to roll out, and it is now quite evident that we have no alternative but to cancel this performance.”

The Mozart-Da Ponte work was originally scheduled to take place on August 22, 25, and 28.

The Berkshire Opera Festival is currently looking into the possibility of alternate events and programming to ensure that it remains connected to supporters and patrons throughout the summer.