Opéra National de Paris Limits Seating Capacity, Operatic Performances to Resume in January 2022

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Marc Walter / OnP)

The Opéra National de Paris has sent a message to the audiences following the announcement of new restrictive measures by the French government on Dec. 27, 2021.

The indoor audience limit of 2,000 people in theaters is applicable as of January 3 2022, and therefore does not affect performances at the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille until January 2, 2022. Per the company’s official statement, the aforementioned conditions will be subject to the availability of artists, in particular the dancers of the Ballet, the musicians of the Orchestra and Chorus members, along with the numerous technical staff required.

The program at the Opéra National de Paris will resume on Jan. 19, 2022, with Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” starring Peter Mattei, Maria Bengtsson, Miah Persson, Ying Fang, Adam Palka, Lea Desandre, Dorothea Röschmann, James Creswell, Michael Colvin, Christophe Mortagne, Kseniia Proshina, Marc Labonnette, Andrea Cueva Molnar, and Ilanah Lobel-Torres.

The French government intends to introduce the vaccination pass on Jan. 15, 2022, pending the vote in the National Assembly.

France has logged 208,000 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 28, 2021. French Health Minister Olivier Véran warned that the country might log up to 250,000 daily cases in January 2022.