Israeli Opera Cancels ‘Eugene Onegin’ Due to Coronavirus

By Francisco Salazar

The Israeli Opera has canceled its upcoming production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The company announced that due to Israel’s new regulation which limits gatherings to 100 people in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the production would be canceled.

“Eugene Onegin” was set to open on March 20 and run through April 1, 2020. The cast was set to include Ira Bertman, Alla Vasilevitsky, Andrei Bondarenko, David Bizic, Alexei Dolgov, Evgeny Liberman, Aigul Akhmetshina, Shay Bloch, Vladimir Braun, and Andrey Valentiny. Nimrod David Pfeffer was set to conduct taking over Daniele Callegari who was forced to withdraw due to the travel ban imposed by Israel for travelers from Italy.

The company returns in May for a production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Ekaterina Bakanova and Hila Baggio in the title role. Dan Ettinger conducts.