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Opera Canada: Quarantine Questions: Jane Archibald

Opera Nova Scotia Cancels
Mozart Spring 2020 Production

March 16, 2020

Joining the province-wide actions to deter and detect the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,
Opera Nova Scotia is cancelling its Spring 2020 production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, scheduled for May 22 and 23 in the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre. Also cancelled is the Study Day on Saturday, May 2nd on the work presented in collaboration with the University of King’s College.

The closing of space facilities at both Dalhousie and King’s College until June leaves us without the rehearsal, technical, performance, and educational services essential to the high quality standards appropriate to the presentation of this masterpiece of comic opera. The potential self imposed or mandatory fourteen day personal quarantine would make the two-week pre-production rehearsal period impossible to implement, given that five singers out of a cast of six will be coming back to Nova Scotia from outside of the Province, two of these coming from international centers.

Above all, it is not justifiable to expose our audience to contagion, even for a Mozart experience. The wellbeing of our vocal and instrumental performers, student chorus, production team, and community public are of prime concern, to guarantee in future years the presence of live opera in a healthy Halifax.

The ONS Production Directors already are exploring the prospect of placing Così fan tutte in May
of the 2020-2021 Season.

Patrons who have already purchased tickets for this production will be contacted by the staff of the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office to arrange their refund. However, as most all performances are cancelled both locally and world-wide, please consider donating your ticket money to the venues or organizations, whichever productions or concerts they may be.

Please note as well that the two remaining Free Opera Library talks about Tosca and Maria Stuarda
are also cancelled.


Walter H. Kemp
Artistic and Administrative Director