Paris Opera Postpones Opening of 2020-21 Season

By David Salazar

The Paris Opera has announced that it will delay the opening of its 2020-21 season.

In a press release, the company noted that the Palais Garnier will not be available to open until the end of December 2020 with the Opéra Bastille set for its first performances on Nov. 24, 2020, with a production of “La Traviata” by Simon Stone.

The company will close out the year with Calixto Bieito’s production of “Carmen” and the ballet “La Bayadère” as choreographed by Rudolf Noureev.

The company also noted that it will inform audiences of alternative programming, including concerts and ballets, that will take place during the coming months.

This decision to postpone the opening of the season effectively cancels the company’s new Ring Cycle production this year. The first two installments of Wagner’s “Ring” were set to open at the end of the 2019-20 season with two additional productions set to continue in 2020-21. Per the press release, the management team will reflect on the possibility of presenting it in future seasons.

The company did note that the programming for 2021 will continue as previously scheduled. Additionally, visits to the Palais Garnier, activities at L’Ecole de dance, and at l’Academie will not be affected by the new programming decisions.