Opera de Rouen Cancels ‘Tannhäuser’ Due to COVID-19

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

L’Opéra de Rouen Normandie has announced the cancellation of the opening night of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser,” as one of the soloists tested positive for COVID-19.

Per the official statement of the opera house, “The very strict work protocol that was put in place, as well as regular tests, have enabled all the artists and professionals gathered on this production to be able to work serenely for more than four weeks.”

Unfortunately, one of the soloists tested positive for COVID-19, while the rest of the cast and the production team tested negative, per the official statement. In accordance with the health quarantine rules in France, the opera house was forced to cancel the premiere night on September 27, 2020. The opera house has added that it is increasing efforts to maintain the presentations on September 30 and October 3, 2020.

The opera is set to star Catherine Hunold, Samuel Hasselhorn, Jongmin Park, Eric Ferring, Kay Stiefermann, Paul Gaugler, and Stefan Vinke in the title role.