Royal Opera House Cancels Two Performances of ‘Nabucco’ Due to Omicron Variant

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
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The Royal Opera House Covent Garden has been forced to cancel performances of Verdi’s “Nabucco” on Dec. 23 and 28 due to resource challenges caused by the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The two performances were set to star Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille, Alexander Vinogradov as Zaccaria, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya in the role of Fenena, Najmiddin Mavlyanov as Ismaele, Blaise Malaba as the High Priest of Baal, April Koyejo-Audiger as Anna, Andrés Presno as Abdallo, and Amartuvshin Enkhbat in the title role. Daniel Oren was set on to conduct a production by Daniele Abbado.

The United Kingdom is currently undergoing a new COVID-19 wave driven by both the Delta and Omicron variants, with over 90,000 daily COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a two week long lockdown in order to control the exponential spread of the infection.

The Royal Opera House opened its production of “Nabucco” on Dec. 20 and is still set to perform four shows of the production in January.