Opéra de Paris Cancels Opening Night of ‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann,’ Starring Michael Fabiano, Ailyn Pérez

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Jiyang Chen)

The Opéra National de Paris has canceled the opening night performance of Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” scheduled for January 21 at the Opéra Bastille, according to the official statement on the company’s website.

The cancellation came as a result of the strike notice against the French government pension reform and is the latest in a series of high profile performances to be canceled.

The cast for the opera was to include Michael Fabiano in the title role, Ailyn Pérez, Gaëlle Arquez, Jodie Devos, Véronique Gens, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo, Rodolphe Briand, Hyun-Jong Roh, Jean Teitgen, Philippe Talbot, Laurent Naouri, Olivier Ayault, and Jean-Luc Ballestra.

Sir Mark Elder was signed on to conduct the production by Robert Carsen.

“Les Contes d’Hoffmann” is still programmed to be back on stage on January 25 at the Opéra Bastille.

Per a second statement, Opéra de Paris has also canceled ballet-opera “L’Après-midi d’un faune”/”L’Enfant et les sortilèges” scheduled for the January 21 and January 22 at the Palais Garnier.

The cast for Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les sortilèges” was set to include Jeanne Ireland, Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur, Aleksandra Jovanovic, Ilanah Lobel-Torres, Marianne Croux, Ramya Roy, and Liubov Medvedeva with Vello Pähn conducting the production by Richard Jones and Anthony McDonald.

“L’Enfant et les sortilèges” should return Thursday, January 23 at the Palais Garnier.

The Opéra National de Paris advises ticket holders and potential spectators to regularly check its official website for any further notices.