Opera Australia (OA) has announced that its Sydney winter season is unable to proceed due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions
The ongoing restrictions have prevented OA from adequately preparing and performing during this time.
Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini expressed the Company’s disappointment.
“It’s incredibly disappointing that we’re not able to continue with our winter season, when so much hard work and preparation had been done by all our talented staff and performers, however we’d like to reassure everyone that all this hard work will not go to waste and we are endeavouring to reschedule all the productions into future seasons.”
The Sydney winter season had included four productions, Aida, Attila, Otello and The Tales of Hoffmann plus a series of Great Opera Hits concerts, with 37 performances in total.
The season opening performance of Aida on June 22nd was the only show staged before the lockdown. All productions are expected to be postponed to future Sydney seasons.
In the meantime, OA is committed to ensuring all cast and crew, along with permanent and casual staff, will be paid during the current lockdown period to the end of the month through its paid pandemic leave program, and the assistance of the Federal and State Government’s arts stimulus package.
Featured image : Elena Gabouri as Amnoris and Leah Crocetta as Aida in Opera Australia’s production of ‘Aida’ at the Sydney Opera House. Photo Prudence Upton