Washington Concert Opera Announces Changes to 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Washington Concert Opera has announced an update to its 2020-21 season.

The company announced via social media that in order “to safeguard the health of our patrons, artists and staff, it is with sadness, and in acknowledgment of the ongoing safety challenges of COVID-19, that we must cancel ‘Simon Boccanegra’ on Sept. 13, 2020.”

As a result, the four main cast members of the Verdi opera will video their arias with piano accompaniment and the company will launch the stream of this FREE digital concert in September, around the time that the live performance was to have taken place.

The company also announced that it was postponing its performance of Rossini’s “Maometto II” to March 14, 2021. The cast will include Leah Crocetto, Elizabeth DeShong, and Bruce Sledge. Luca Pisaroni will no longer sing the title role.

The company’s “I Puritani” will remain unchanged and will now star Javier Arrey and Musa Ngqungwana. The performance also stars Brenda Rae and René Barbera.