Royal Opera House Cancels Christmas Concert

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Royal Opera House official website)

The Royal Opera House Covent Garden has announced the cancelation of the live performance of its Christmas concert.

The cancellation came as a result of the stricter restrictions for London, which moved into Tier 3 of UK’s COVID-19 restriction system. The move effectively banned the presence of live audiences in the opera house.

The Royal Opera House will still broadcast the Christmas concert on Dec. 18, 2020. The showcase will feature sopranos Sophie Bevan, Alexandra Lowe, and Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha; mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp; tenors Filipe Manu and David Butt Philip; baritones Germán E. Alcántara, Gyula Nagy, Ross Ramgobin, Dominic Sedgwick, and Roderick Williams; and basses Jeremy White and Blaise Malaba. Mark Wigglesworth will conduct.

The broadcast can be purchased for 10.80 euros. Following the livestream, a film of the performance will be available to watch On Demand until Jan. 17 2021.

Per the same statement, the opera house has canceled the performances of “Current, Rising” until Jan. 8, 2021. The 15-minute hyper reality opera experience was set to star soprano Anna Dennis, with Richard Baker conducting the CHROMA Ensemble Chorus in the production by Netia Jones.