(Credit: François de Dijon)
The Opéra de Dijon has announced that one of its musicians has been diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, the organization has canceled all concerts through June 28, 2020.
The French company had started presenting concerts starting on June 17. The organization had taken all precautions to avoid potential health hazards. Only 150 audience members were allowed in the hall which seats 1,611. Everyone was forced to wear face masks and the theater made sanitary gels available to the public. There was also a thorough cleaning of the public spaces to avoid any potential complications.
But that was not enough. On June 20, the company revealed that one of its musicians had been diagnosed with the virus.
This news comes at a time during which most European companies are preparing to ramp up live concert performances with audiences. Some organizations, such as the Bayerische Staatsoper, have expressed such confidence in a return to normal that they have not only announced a decision to move forward with their 2020-21 season but have added performances to their original slate.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., companies have shut down the fall portion of their 2020-21 season.