Wiener Staatsoper Cancels First Performance of ‘Manon Lescaut’ Due to COVID-19

By Francisco Salazar

The Wiener Staatsoper has canceled its opening night performance of “Manon Lescaut.”

The company was forced to cancel the production due to a cluster of COVID-19 cases in the chorus.

As a result, ticket holders will be refunded automatically.

“Manon Lescaut” was set to open with a cast that includes Asmik Grigorian in the title role, Boris Pinkhasovich as Lescaut, and Brian Jagde as Chevalier René Des Grieux. Francesco Ivan Ciampa was set to conduct the production by Robert Carsen.

“Manon Lescaut” is set to return to the stage on Feb. 4 and will also be performed on Feb. 7, 10, and 13, 2022.

The Wiener Staatsoper is currently presenting a new production of “Peter Grimes” and this month will revive productions of “Die Tote Stadt” and “Anna Bolena.”