Wiener Staatsoper Postpones Parsifal Livestream due to COVID-19

By Francisco Salazar

The Wiener Staatsoper has suspended rehearsals for “Parsifal” following one positive COVID-19 case.

The company announced via press release that it would put rehearsals on pause and delay the opening, which was set to premiere on April 1. The company announced that the new production, which will be performed for a stream without an audience, will be rescheduled for a new date.

The new production, which is set to star Jonas Kaufmann in the title role and Elina Garanca in her role debut as Kundry will be directed by Kirill Serebrennikov.

The production will also star Ludovic Tézier as Amfortas, Georg Zeppenfeld as Gurnemanz, and Wolfgang Koch as Klingsor. Philippe Jordan is set to conduct.

The Wiener Staatsoper has seen numerous COVID-19 outbreaks since the beginning of the 2020-21 season. Most recently the company was forced to postpone a production of “Carmen,” which starred Anita Rachvelishvili and Piotr Beczala.