One musician tests positive in Dijon.  A whole season is gone

One musician tests positive in Dijon. A whole season is gone


norman lebrecht

June 24, 2020

From our colleagues at Diapason:

Dijon Opera was at the forefront, the first in France to offer public concerts, from June 17, as part of the Dissonances Chamber Music Series, a festival curated by the violinist David Grimal and the pianist Philippe Cassard. All precautions were taken: of 1,611 seats in the auditorium, only 150 were occupied.

But one case of Covid-19 was diagnosed on June 20 (he is said to be a famous cellist). All further concerts have now been cancelled.

More here.



  • John Rook says:

    Why didn’t they just cancel his concert?

  • Da[hnis176 says:

    Referencing the “more here” link, concerts are cancelled through the 28th. Perhaps that was the extent (5 more days?) of the “whole season” of chamber music concerts at the Dijon Opera, but it does not refer to any opera productions. Considerably more clarity is warranted in the posting above.

  • engineers_unite says:

    sheer crass stupidity + mass hysteria.

    The people who did this should all be locked in a place called Rouffach (haut rhin).

  • BP says:

    “All further concerts have now been cancelled” : yes, ’til June 28th, four days from now…

  • Alexander Graham Cracker says:

    If we are insisting on a zero-percent infection
    rate–and, apparently, we are–we will never have public activities again.

  • Emmanuelle Boisvert says:

    I am reading in French “annulés jusqu’au 28”, would that be 28 of June, in this case it’s just a week that is cancelled?

  • Peter San Diego says:

    I’m all for caution, but THAT is an overreaction. Doing contact tracing of the cellist, inside a music organization mounting chamber performances, should be straightforward. They could have started by cancelling, say, 2 weeks’ programs to quarantine personnel in common from the cellist’s program to the others, and if they all test clear at the end of the two weeks, then resume the series.

    • Jonathon says:

      Except the festival finishes in 3 days time. They probably had no option as presumably they had all been rehearsing together already for the last week. The heading is misleading when it says a season has gone, the chamber music festival only lasted 10 days and is not really part of the main opera season.

  • Darrell says:

    So, something else to do in Dijon? I am open to suggestions.

    • José Bergher says:

      Visit several churches: Notre Dame de Dijon, St. Philibert, St. Michel, and Dijon Cathedral.
      Visit the International and Gastronomic Fair in autumn.
      Buy Dijon mustard.
      Visit the Grand Théâtre de Dijon, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Musée Archéologique, the Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne, the Musée d’Art Sacré, and the Musée Magnin.
      Visit the Jardin botanique de l’Arquebuse.
      Visit the prominent contemporary art centre Le Consortium and the Fonds régional d’art contemporain.

  • davide says:

    and there you have it.

  • Jonathon says:

    This heading is incorrect. An entire season has not gone, just the remaining concerts of the ‘LES DISSONANCES CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES’ which was running from the 18th to the 28th at the opera in Dijon have been cancelled. They had already performed several concerts in the festival, and their announcement about the cancellation was posted on the 23rd June.