Opéra de Paris Cancels Performances While Opéra de Bordeaux Remains Open Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

By Francisco Salazar

After French government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people to contain the coronavirus, French theaters are responding in different ways.

Some theaters have announced temporary closure while others will continue performances at this time.

The Philharmonie de Paris announced that concerts through March 22 scheduled in the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez will be canceled. Among the performances include concerts by SWR Symphonieorchester, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre et Chœur du Théâtre Bolchoï, OPRF, Yuja Wang, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

The hall however, announced that concerts given in the other rooms of the establishment (Concert hall, Amphitheater, Studio), workshops, conferences, and visits to the Music Museum will still opened.

The Opéra de Paris also announced the cancellation of three performances including “Manon” and a Mahler concert.

Meanwhile, Opéra de Bordeaux, Opéra de Dijon, and Opéra de Lille announced that they would continue performing.

The Théâtre du Châtelet also announced that it will continue performances but will limit seating to 1000 spectators.

As of March 8, the French government has confirmed 1,126 cases of coronavirus.