Virus latest: Paris cancels 2 weeks of concerts

Virus latest: Paris cancels 2 weeks of concerts


norman lebrecht

March 09, 2020

The Philharmonie has cleared its schedules, following this morning’s Government ban on events for more than 1,000 people. The following concerts are cancelled:

Lundi 9 mars : SWR Symphonieorchester / Teodor Currentzis
Mardi 10 mars : Orchestre National d’Île-de-France / James Feddeck
Mercredi 11 et jeudi 12 mars : Orchestre de Paris / Alain Altinoglu
Samedi 14 et dimanche 15 mars : Orchestre et Chœur du Théâtre Bolchoï de Russie / Tugan Sokhiev
Lundi 16 mars : Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France / Mikko Franck
Mardi 17 mars : Yuja Wang
Mercredi 18 et jeudi 19 mars : Orchestre de Paris / Hannu Lintu
Vendredi 20 mars : City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Samedi 21 et dimanche 22 mars : The Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst


The Opéra de Paris has cancelled two performances of Manon and a Mahler concert.


  • They gave also their program for the next season today.

  • Musica says:

    that’s not the whole of Paris (yet), is it?!

    • david hilton says:

      No, it isn’t. Theatre des Champs-Elysees (seats 1,900) hasn’t cancelled it’s schedule for next week yet, including a sold out joint recital for Renée Fleming and Evgeny Kissin.

  • Cleveland fan says:

    Cleveland Orchestra has just cancelled their tour of Europe and Abu Dhabi.

  • vienna says:

    Cleveland cancelled their whole tour anyway.

  • Brettermeier says:

    It’s one of these times in which ignorant people have to be protected from themselves and less ignorant people from the aforementioned ignorant people.

  • Anarhimik says:

    Kinda sad, I have tickets for 5 concerts from the list. Paris Opera also shut its doors till end of April. This year must be disastrous for PO as it’s has been closed since 3rd December thanks to the strike

  • Karl says:

    US events are being cancelled now. The five-city tour of English Musical Splendor, which was to feature the Yale Philharmonia, Yale Schola Cantorum, and The Bach Choir, London, has been cancelled. I was going to attend that in Boston tonight.

  • GG says:

    I’d expect more than two weeks of cancelations, as I don’t think the Covid-19 situation will improve over the coming weeks.

  • Kyle A Wiedmeyer says:

    Interesting. Was it not possible to limit ticket sales to <1,000?

    • Paris Philarmonie has 2400 places and all those events were sold out or sold out at 80-90% the moment they cancelled. The average of this place is around 95% sold out. It’s very popular indeed.

    • GG says:

      They’ve probably sold more than 1000 tickets per night already.

      Also, if you keep a concert with ~900 tickets, you’d still have the same costs to pay (orchestra & soloists concert fees) but much less income, thus a likely deficit. Cancelling may mean the costs (orchestra & soloists cancelation fees) are compensated by insurance policy (I’d hope they’re properly covered)… so maybe less expensive at the end.

    • Incredulous says:

      At the point at which you have any kind of major cancelations I would think it becomes untenable to have the event. In addition to having to mount the event knowing there would be loss of some ticket revenue, you have the social scare of people not wanting to gather – and it’s not a good look when others are closing.

  • Tamino says:

    But wow, what a dense schedule of high class concerts (it was).