LA Opera & Philadelphia Orchestra Cancel Performances Due to Coronavirus

By Francisco Salazar

The LA Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra have canceled upcoming performances due to the coronavirus.

In a statement the LA Opera announced that “the performance of ‘Roberto Devereux’ for Saturday, March 14th has been cancelled due to the statewide effort to curb spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).”

The company also noted that the “LA Opera takes the safety and health of our patrons seriously, and while this cancellation is unfortunate, it is necessary to ensure the safety of our patrons, staff and artists. As LA Opera does not have any other public performances scheduled until May 1, 2020, this is the only cancellation at this time.”

Meanwhile the Philadelphia Orchestra announced that all performances, rehearsals and events through March 23 were canceled. The announcement was made after the City of Philadelphia recommended that all large gatherings be suspended to limit community transmission of COVID-19.

The two companies are the latest in the U.S. following cancellations by the Seattle Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and Carnegie Hall.