Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera)

One of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra members has tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a letter sent to members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the company said, “We regret to let you know that we have just been informed a member of our orchestra has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This musician was last at the Met on March 11. CDC guidelines dictate that those who have had close contact with someone with the virus must self-quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of potential exposure. We know that this 14-day period is almost over but still felt it important to notify you. Given the close quarters in which our musicians work at the Met, we believe it is prudent for all of our musicians to operate as though they had close contact with this individual.”

The letter also noted, “According to the CDC, while in self-quarantine, you should check yourself for fever and remain alert for other symptoms commonly associated with this virus including cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat. If you think that you may have COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately and follow their directions. Please also notify the Met’s Human Resources office.”

The Metropolitan Opera performed “Cosi fan tutte” on the night of March 11. The cast included Nicole Car, Serena Malfi, Adam Plachetka, Heidi Stober, and Ben Bliss. Harry Bicket conducted the performance.

The performance on March 11 was the final one of the 2019-20 season before canceling the rest of the season.

The letter was sent to OperaWire by a source within the Met Opera that wished to remain anonymous.