Breaking: Munich cancels 3 operas in Covid crisis

Breaking: Munich cancels 3 operas in Covid crisis


norman lebrecht

November 08, 2021

Message from Bavarian State Opera:

Unfortunately, due to a coronavirus outbreak, we have to cancel the following performances:
– Academy concert on the 8th and 9. November 2021 with Vladimir Jurowski
– CARMEN on November 10
– DER MONDBÄR on November 10
– THE BIRDS on November 12, 14 and 18.

We have opted to take this safety measure in order to break the chain of infection and to ensure that there is no further spread of positive Covid cases in the house.



  • ken says:

    Get your shots, folks !

  • bet says:


    It’d seem they had no rigorous protocol in place.

    • Lausitzer says:

      You mean they don’t require everyone to refrain from getting in close contact with children, attending any private gatherings as well as public events (at least without rigorous mask wearing and distancing being enforced), visiting restaurants and so on?

      Because regular testing will not prevent anything that happens outside the house, and denying breakthroughs does not prevent them either. And I guess this is what happened here. Test came back positive, perhaps even more than one, end of game. Next act, please.

    • German musician says:

      They may have a protocol that works properly, the problem is, you meet with your colleagues for a coffee or for lunch without masks after rehearsal, and there you go. Many people get infected elsewhere, not necessarily at the workplace. And yes, if more people were vaccinated, there would be less infections for sure, there will still be, but less. Many of today’s infected are already vaccinated, and people who doesn’t want to get vaccinated see it as a confirmation, that the vaccine doesn’t work – maybe they forget, the vaccine doesn’t make you invulnerable, but it prepare your body for an infection, so you can defend by yourself better against it.

      You cannot force everyone to understand how good is to get vaccinated, is the sad reality.

    • bet says:

      Let me rephrase my question then: was there mandatory vaccination for all, including guest artists?

      Most likely not, you may get isolated breakthrough infections, but you don’t get clusters, if everyone is vaccinated.

      • La plus belle voix says:

        Quite. It sounds like quite a few orchestral players were never vaccinated. It seems unlikely that what appears to be a large cluster is due to multiple breakthrough infections. But then again, if many players got vaccinated, say, eight months ago, they could gradually have become susceptible to the delta variant, and may carry the virus, be infectious, but whilst remaining asymptomatic. I’d put my money on the former scenario.

  • A.L. says:

    Stuttgart opened November 1st for the first time since the theater closures, to a soldout house and without incident. Same thing two nights ago. What’s the matter, Munich?

    • La plus belle voix says:

      The house disclosed that a “cluster of infections” occurred mainly within the Staatsorchester, which had been “decimated” according to the press office. Apparently, other personnel in the house were also infected. The Bavarian State Opera did not reveal whether those infected had been vaccinated or not. One assumes that their testing regime for all was strict to date. Maybe someone knows more.

      • Anthony Sayer says:

        How many actually fell ill? Getting infected is no big deal, we all go through that every year with seasonal bugs.

  • Peter says:

    The post-war period, which lasted in Europe for around 70 years, is now definately over. Which means a few things: 1) There are very few people around who can tell us how bad it is to separate society into groups with and without privileges 2) We are drowned in hysteria because people have no experience of a hard life 3) Politicians are wimps and ran by emotions and the fear of the booing crowd

  • German musician says:

    .. and yet, (also vaccinated) people could test themselves every day or two just to check if they are ok before to go to the orchestra, but the german government doesn’t offer free covid tests anymore, and since many won’t want to pay for checking if they are positive before going to work..

    Maybe if they will offer free checks again, more people (also vaccinated) would test themselves often every day..

    For sure a difficult topic with many possible perspectives. As a vaccinated musician still not infected with covid, I wish everybody would be a little more cautious also outside the concert hall, but whatever.

    • Another orchestral musician says:

      Paying for tests every day or every two days is unsustainable. Not even Germany’s economy could bear that for long. But you’re right, we definitely must be cautious outside the concert hall.

    • La plus belle voix says:

      A good point about testing no longer being free in Germany it seems. But surely the Staatsoper had its own regime in place, and tests are still being offered to e.g. orchestra and chorus as a service? Who knows?