Opéra de Paris Cancels Final ‘Il Pirata’ Due To National Strike

By Francisco Salazar

The Opéra de Paris has canceled the final performance of Bellini’s “Il Pirata” due to the national strike.

In a statement the company noted, “The Paris Opera apologizes for this cancellation. Given the right of employees to declare industrial action up until the scheduled performance time, the Opera was not able to inform the audience earlier and apologizes for this too.”

As a result, the company will either refund or exchange tickets for future a performance.

“Il Pirata” was set to be presented twice in concert performances and was was set to star Sondra Radvanovsky, Michael Spyres, and Ludovic Tézier. Riccardo Frizza was also set to conduct.

This marks the 32th performance the company cancels since protests broke out on Dec. 5, 2019.

Radvanovsky now heads to Chicago for “The Queen of Spades” while Spyres will be in New York for “La Damnation de Faust.” Tezier remains in Paris for a new production of “Manon,” while Frizza goes to Hungary for “La Sonnambula.”