Grange Park Opera, Glyndebourne Festival & Other Summer Festivals in Doubt

By Francisco Salazar

COVID-19 is set to affect summer festivals this year.

With the majority of companies having canceled the final portion of their 2019-20 season, most expectations were on summer festivals and artists returning to the stage.

However, those hopes seem to be dwindling for some festivals.

Today, March 17, 2020, the Grange Opera Park in the U.K. announced the festival was on ice. Founder Wasfi Kani noted that while there could be some performances, “with things moving so fast, it is difficult to make a concrete plan.”

The Grange Festival also noted that it is looking at the situation and how it develops and has closed the box office.

Meanwhile, Glyndebourne is considering the situation. In a press release the festival said, “We are reviewing the schedule for our Festival 2020 program. This is an evolving situation and we thank you for your patience as we work through the appropriate response. We will be in a position to share more detail by March 20.”

The Salzburg Festival and the Arena di Verona have yet to make a public statement regarding the festivals. While Glyndebourne, Grange Festival, and Grange Park Opera begin at the end of May and beginning of June, Verona and Salzburg start off in late June and early July.

More information is set to be announced at a later point this week as news develops regarding the coronavirus.