Canadian Opera Company Cancels Remainder of 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Canadian Opera Company has canceled the remainder of its 2020-21 season.

The company announced that productions of Bizet’s “Carmen,” Janáček’s “Katya Kabanova,” Verdi’s “La Traviata,” and Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” will no longer be performed. Other productions affected by the cancelation include the world premiere of “Fantasma,” the Opera for Young Audiences production recently commissioned by the COC, and all special events, including the COC’s annual Operanation and Fine Wine Auction fundraisers

General Director Alexander Neef said, “earlier this summer, our team made a promise to ourselves — and to our audiences — to explore every possible option for going ahead with our season. Since then, however, the changing local health situation has made it clear that cancelling our original winter and spring programming is the only safe decision for our staff, artists, and audience members.”

The company will move forward with the COC Ensemble Studio program for emerging singers and pianists/coaches digitally.

The company will also move forward with its recently announced revamped fall season Opera Everywhere.