Uncertainty Looms Regarding Gran Teatre del Liceu & Royal Opera House’s 2020-21 Seasons

By Francisco Salazar

As theaters turn to the 2020-21 season, the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Royal Opera House are making decisions.

While the Teatro Real de Madrid has confirmed a summer production of “La Traviata” per soprano Ekaterina Bakanova’s Twitter account, according to La Vanguardia, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona has canceled the opening night production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.” The season, which is set to be revealed on June 17, will likely give more details.

Meanwhile, in London, the Royal Opera House has announced that if it is unable to present the company’s originally planned schedule, it will cancel the fall portion. This echoes the Metropolitan Opera’s recent statements in which General Manager Peter Gelb has noted that it will take a “miraculous situation” for the company to move forward with its fall opening.

Companies across Europe have already changed portions of their upcoming seasons. The Finnish National Opera announced the postponement of “Innocence” while the Berlin State Opera announced the cancellation of one production. In Lyon, the company also canceled the opening night production.