Opera says it has to ‘un-invite’ its audience

Opera says it has to ‘un-invite’ its audience


norman lebrecht

December 15, 2021

Just in from Frankfurt-am-Main:

New Corona Protection Rules: Oper Frankfurt forced to un-invite further audience members

New corona rules issued yesterday by Hessen forces Oper Frankfurt to tell further audience members not to attend.

Oper Frankfurt was told yesterday that, as of December 16, they can only admit a maximum of 530 audience members. Intendant Bernd Loebe is more than annoyed by the third change in rules in three weeks: „We are now faced with the task – after already having to tell several hundred people per performance not to come – of disappointing further opera goers in the space of two days! This is almost impossible but we will try, and hope our opera friends will understand.“

Oper Frankfurt is trying to schedule extra performances, in particular for Die Nacht vor Weihnachten / Christmas Eve, so that more people can have the chance of seeing them. Oper Frankfurt will be in touch with all affected audience members, so please do not try and make enquiries.

People attending performances who can prove they’ve had their booster shot no longer have to provide the result of a negative official corona test made that day.


  • Monsoon says:

    As I’ve said before, it seems like ensembles and opera companies need to figure out how they can shift large chunks of their seasons to the summers and outdoors so that they don’t have to keep throttling attendance or shutting down every time there is a COVID surge, which is likely to keep happening every December and January for the next several years.