Berlin Philharmonic Cancels ‘Mazeppa’ Due to COVID-19

By Francisco Salazar

The Berlin Philharmonic has announced the cancelation of Tchaikovsky’s “Mazeppa.”

In a statement, the orchestra said, “The baritone Vladislav Sulimsky, who was to sing the title role in the concert performance of the opera ‘Mazeppa’ by Peter Tchaikovsky, is unfortunately unable to travel to Berlin because of a positive Covid-19 diagnosis. With great regret, the Berlin Philharmonic and their chief conductor Kirill Petrenko have decided to cancel the performance after no suitable replacement could be found at such short notice for the leading role in this very rarely performed opera.”

Tchaikovsky‘s “Mazeppa” was originally scheduled to be presented in the Festspielhaus at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden under chief conductor Kirill Petrenko. However, the festival canceled the orchestra scheduled a concert performance from the Philharmonie Berlin in the Digital Concert Hall at 7:00 pm on May 14, 2021.

The work was also set to star Olga Peretyatko, Vitalij Kowaljow, Oksana Volkova, Dmitry Golovnin, Dimitry Ivashchenko, Anton Rositskiy, and Alexander Kravets.