West Australian Opera’s Chairman Andrew Pascoe has confirmed that CARMEN, scheduled for February 2022, will be postponed.
He said that “with the increasing uncertainty around COVID-19 we have taken this decision following consultation with our stakeholders including the State Government and our performance partners. We are grateful to patrons for their understanding.
The developing Omicron outbreak, the uncertainty around COVID-19 case numbers and the possibility of further restrictions mean the event has had to be postponed.
This most recent outbreak has created significant logistical issues, particularly with the director and conductor being interstate. And the uncertainty around the outbreak creates prospective health and safety issues for our cast, crew and audiences that we cannot ignore. These issues are particularly acute for a production of the size and scale of CARMEN. We appreciate that this unprecedented situation has called for sacrifices by all West Australians. The Opera family is not immune from that."
West Australian Opera’s Executive Director Carolyn Chard said "the wellbeing of our people is critical. Providing a safe working environment for 150 in rehearsals and performances and for 5000 patrons at each performance is our highest priority and one which we cannot guarantee at this time.
This large-scale arena spectacular was planned for 25 and 26 February 2022 at the WACA Ground in association with Perth Festival and we are now working toward rescheduling to 2023. All ticketholders will be refunded and there is no need to contact box office.
I gratefully acknowledge the considerable work and preparation by all of our colleagues including our West Australian Opera staff, our artists, creative team, production, marketing and technical teams, chorus, children’s chorus, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Perth Festival and WACA Ground and all of our partners, donors, patrons and suppliers. We appreciate your ongoing support.”
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