Daniele Callegari Cancels Israeli Opera Engagement Due to Travel Ban

By Francisco Salazar

Daniele Callegari has canceled his performances of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” at the Israeli Opera.

The conductor announced on social media that Israel has banned travelers from Italy due to the coronavirus and therefore will not be able to conduct the production, which opens March 20, 2020.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said he will sign an order to bar foreign nationals from traveling to Israel from Italy due to the spreading coronavirus in the European country.

The order comes after an Israeli was diagnosed with the virus after his Italy trip.

The coronaviryus has affected a number of performances throughout the world with numerous theaters including the Teatro alla Scala and New National Theatre, Tokyo closing.

“Eugene Onegin” is set to star Ira Bertman, Alla Vasilevitsky, Andrei Bondarenko, David Bizic, Alexei Dolgov, and Evgeny Liberman.