Canadian Opera Company Cancels ‘Madama Butterfly’ Due to COVID-19

By Francisco Salazar

The Cancadian Opera Company has announced the cancellation of its live-audience performances of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”

The company noted that due to the surge in COVID-19, the production which was slated to run from Feb. 4 – 25, 2022 at the Four Seasons Centre, will now be made available as a free digital presentation to current 2021-22 COC subscription holders who are continuing to support Canadian opera through the donation, exchange, or credit of tickets.

In a statement, COC General Director Perryn Leech said, “It’s clear that cancelling in-person performances is the most responsible course of action at this time,”  “The safety of our audiences, artists, and staff remains our absolute top priority. However, thanks to newly-installed recording and broadcast equipment, our cast and creative teams will still be able to share their hard work and talents with subscribers in a safe, at-home viewing experience.”

Ticketholders will either have the chance to donate their tickets back for a tax receipt or exchange them for COC’s upcoming productions of Verdi’s “La Traviata” or Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

The COC is still slated to present “La Traviata” and “The Magic Flute” later this season.