The Metropolitan Opera has announced that it has cancelled the entire 2020-2021 season due to the pandemic, as health officials have advised them to do so.
“Because of the many hundreds of performers who are required to rehearse and perform in close quarters and because of the company’s large audience, it was determined that it would not be safe for the Met to resume until a vaccine is widely in use, herd immunity is established, and the wearing of masks and social distancing is no longer a medical requirement.”
The statement indicates a reopening will likely not be possible until five to six months after a vaccine is made available.
While this will undoubtedly be disappointing news for opera fans, the Met has announced that its 2021-2022 season will begin on September 27, 2021. This season will feature the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut up in my Bones, the first opera by a Black composer to be performed at the Met.
Click here for more information about the newly announced season.
While in person attendance won’t be possible until next fall, the Metropolitan Opera is still offering streaming performances.
“The free Nightly Opera Streams will continue through the entire closure, and we hope you’ll join us for the remainder of the groundbreaking Met Stars Live in Concert series, featuring opera’s greatest stars performing live from striking locations around the globe, transmitted via satellite in state-of-the-art HD quality.”
For those who have purchased tickets for the now cancelled 2020-2021 season, the following message has been posted on metopera.org:
2020–21 Ticketing Options
The value of any tickets you purchased for the 2020–21 season will automatically be credited to your Met Opera account within the next 10 days. Any on-account credit from the 2019–20 or 2020–21 season can be donated or used to purchase tickets to the 2021–22 season, or you may request a refund at any time, including after the dates of your canceled performances.
At your convenience, you may take the following actions by calling Met Customer Care at 212-362-6000, Monday through Friday, 10AM to 6PM ET:
- Help the Met by generously donating the value of your credit to help the company through this financially perilous time. We would be tremendously grateful for your support.
- Use your credit to purchase tickets to the 2021–22 season.
- Request a full refund to your original method of payment.
Please be aware we are currently experiencing a very high volume of inquires and long wait times in our call center. Thank you for your patience, support, and understanding during this uncertain time.