Statement by San Francisco Opera:
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of our 2020 fall season, including our opening-night celebration and productions of “Fidelio,” “Rigoletto,” “Cosí Fan Tutte,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “La Bohème.” Our 2021 spring programming is not affected by this announcement.
Matthew Shilvock, our general director, shares these thoughts, articulating the grief rippling through our company in the wake of today’s announcement.
“We were so proud of the works that were to have been on stage this fall. I am heartbroken that we cannot share them with you. They are pieces that would have spoken powerfully to the world that we are now living in and that would have brought us together with themes of liberty and humanity.”
“I want to thank all of the artists, creative teams and company members who have given so much already in preparing these works.”