Opéra National de Paris Cancels May Productions of ‘Tosca’ & ‘The Queen of Spades’

By David Salazar

The Opéra National de Paris has announced further changes to its schedule for the month of May, June, and July.

In an email message, General Director Alexander Neef announced that productions of “Tosca,” and “The Queen of Spades” will be canceled. “Tosca” was set to run between May 6-28 while the Tchaikovsky masterwork was set for the stage between May 20 – June 12. “The Queen of Spades” was set to star Brandon Jovanovich, Étienne Dupuis, Alexey Dolgov, Asmik Grigorian, and John Lundgren, among others.

Neef did note that, should health conditions allow, the company will present a concert led by conductor Oksana Lyniv featuring the soloists of “The Queen of Spades.” That concert would be held in early June.

Meanwhile, the programming for the remainder of the season will be preserved. That includes a production of “Tosca” between June 4-25 as well as “Romeo and Juliette” between June 10 – July 10. Per the official website, “Tosca” is set to star Aleksandra Kurzak, Maria Agresta, Roberto Alagna, Michael Fabiano, Željko Lučić, and Ludovic Tézier.

There will also be a special concert led by conductor Philippe Jordan on July 2 as well as performances of “Le Soulier de Satin” and “Hommage à Roland Petit.” Finally, productions of “La Clemenza di Tito,” scheduled for June 30 – July 13, and “Jeunes Danseurs de l’Opéra (set for July 9-14), will continue as planned.

The company recently announced the appointment of Gustavo Dudamel as its next Music Director, replacing Phillipe Jordan, who is headed to take over the top position of music director at the Vienna State Opera.