Metropolitan Opera Cancels Performances Due to Coronavirus

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has canceled all performances until March 31.

The Met stated, “We regret to announce that, effective immediately, all performances have been canceled through March 31 because of coronavirus concerns.”

The company added, “The safety and security of our audiences and employees is the Met’s highest priority, and in canceling performances, we are following the lead of our city, state, and federal elected officials as well as the recommendations of the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).”

“With health authorities urging social distancing with greater emphasis, it is simply untenable for us to continue to perform, as it puts our artists, staff, and audiences at risk,” added Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb. “I would like to express my deep personal regret that the situation has led us to this point.”

The company will use tickeholder’s credit to purchase tickets to a future performance in the 2019–20 or 2020–21 seasons or donate the value of your credit as a tax-deductible contribution. Ticketholders will also be able to request a full refund.

The Met also canceled the Saturday Live in HD presentation of “Der Fliegende Holländer.”

Among productions that will be canceled include opening night of “La Cenerentola” “Tosca,” and “Werther,” the last two performances of “La Traviata” and the final performances of “Der Fiegende Hollander.”