Shanghai Symphony cancels Paris due to Covid

Shanghai Symphony cancels Paris due to Covid


norman lebrecht

January 17, 2023

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with conductor Long Yu have pulled out of a Andreas Homoki’s new production of Carmen at the Opéra Comique in April and May.

The reason given is China’s Covid outbreak.

The Shanghainese will be replaced by the Orchester des Champs-Elysées, conductor Louis Langrée.

The opera is a co-production with the Beijing Music Festival andZurich Opera.


  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Maybe the conductor should rename himself Long Covid.

  • Nick2 says:

    I assume this is a result of covid among the orchestra members. If so, it is surely indicative of the madness surrounding the Chinese government’s sudden decision to permit its citizens to travel overseas when, following 3 years of lockdowns and minimal vaccinations, covid is now rampant in the country with medical experts suggesting a million deaths will soon occur following the long and extensive lunar New Year travel period next week when covid will spread exponentially. We have already seen more than 50% of passengers on one flight to Italy testing positive. We also see thousands fleeing to Hong Kong to get the more effective western vaccines.

    Worldwide tourism has suffered greatly during the last 3 years, the lack of Chinese visitors being one reason. But suddenly to open the floodgates and for many countries to welcome Chinese tourists before it’s government has finally controlled the pandemic opens much of the world to yet more full hospitals and overworked emergency staff.