Opera Australia is disappointed to announce the forced postponement of their production of The Phantom  of the Opera that was scheduled to open at the Sydney Opera House in September and Arts Centre  Melbourne in November. 

The company has taken the incredibly difficult step to postpone both seasons due to the uncertainty  created by the ongoing restrictions imposed by both the New South Wales and Victorian Governments  because of the indefinite COVID-19 lockdowns. 

Opera Australia acknowledges the health and safety of the community – including its performers, crew  and audiences – is of the utmost importance and respects the health advice and orders in place to reduce  the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

Although a disappointing development for OA, Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini is confident new dates  will be secured for 2022. 

“This has been a really difficult decision for OA and our partners to make and has certainly not been  made lightly when so many people will be affected.  

“After making box office history at the Opera House, it was clear that Australians were very excited about  this new production of the world’s most successful musical, and we’d brought together a fantastic cast of  Australian performers. It is heartbreaking to have to postpone. 

“Rest assured we are working hard to secure dates for 2022 in both venues, that we’ll announce as soon  as we can. We encourage, all those who are able, to hold onto their tickets for next year,” said Terracini. 

The ongoing lockdown in Sydney has made it impossible for OA to continue its work in the wardrobe and  scenery manufacturing workshops, which has compromised the delivery of costumes and sets, to the  high standards expected of this production, to be ready in time for the scheduled opening in September. 

It also means that rehearsals, scheduled to start this Monday 26 July, cannot go ahead, and with no  possibility of delaying the opening, a full postponement was the only viable option for the Company. 

Both State Governments have indicated that any return to indoor performances when the full lockdowns  lift are likely to involve reverting to previous COVID-safe practices including reduced audience capacities, which for a show as large as Phantom would be financially unviable. 

Opera Australia is encouraging ticket holders to keep their tickets for 2022. All affected ticket holders will  be contacted when new dates are announced.