Opéra de Rouen Cancels Entire Run of ‘Tannhäuser’ Due to New COVID-19 Cases

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: L’Opéra de Rouen Normandie Facebook Page)

L’Opéra de Rouen in France has announced that it has canceled the remaining two performances of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” on Sep. 30 & Oct. 3, 2020, after another case of COVID-19 was detected.

“We must make the observation that after five serene weeks the sanitary conditions necessary to guarantee a secure framework for the production are no longer met,” stated the Opera Director Loïc Lachenal. “We understand the disappointment on behalf of the audience,” added Lachenal.

The company initially canceled the general rehearsal and the premiere after an artist tested positive for COVID-19. The production was set to star Catherine Hunold, Samuel Hasselhorn, Jongmin Park, Eric Ferring, Kay Stiefermann,  Paul Gaugler, Tomislav Lavoie, Théo Imart, Thierry Mettetal, and Stefan Vinke in the title role.

Rudolf Piehlmayer was set to conduct the production by David Bobée.