The Opéra de Montréal has taken the decision to postpone its two major productions that were to be displayed in the fall. The Traviata and Jenufa will be reprogrammed during the season 2021-2022.
These two operas, large-scale are impossible to present in accordance with the standards issued recently by the CNESST in relation to the performing arts.
The Traviata, Verdi had to be presented on 26 and 29 September, and 1 and 4 October. Jenufa, the composer’s Czech Leos Janacek was provided for the 14, 17, 19 and 22 November.
“We need to be realistic. With 200 artists and craftsmen in a back-stage and two productions that require months of preparation, it is impossible to get there in the observance of the safety instructions provided on the stage, in the orchestra pit, as behind-the-scene. It is necessary to think of the health of the whole world “, said, during an interview, Patrick Corrigan, director general of the Opera of Montreal.
The decision to postpone these two works has not been easy to take.
“He had to make a decision before June 15 so that we can redeploy and be able to develop appropriate programming, and in compliance with the health measures and distancing. These are productions that we have developed, with partners, that we belong and we can’t wait to present it “, he stated.
Patrick Corrigan sees this moment as an opportunity.
“It’s sad, but we can also move forward and this is important. We want artists to be able to have the chance to work and earn their living. We also want to remain close to the public “, he remarked.
The season 2020-2021 will be comprised of four programs.
The doubled The human voice & The winter expected much of me, which was to be presented last march, will be rolled out in front of an audience reduced in the fall. The dates will be unveiled in September.
The world premiere of the opera quebec the beauty of The world, by Julien Bilodeau and Marc Michel Bouchard, will be on the displays 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30 march at the Théâtre Maisonneuve.
The marriage of Figaro, will be presented 8, 11, 13 and 16 may, at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. The double Riders to the sea, and a new quebec-based creation of Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse, and Olivier Kemeid, in collaboration with Ballet Opéra Pantomime, and I Musici de Montreal, will close the season. on may 22 and 23, at the Monument-National.
Patrick Corrigan wishes that things could proceed as planned. While the question that a second wave could hit in November.
“This is a period of re-opening and adjustment where there are only strangers. There are always fears and we must adapt. There will be a recovery and we wish her as early as possible “, he explained.
With declining revenues
The Opéra de Montréal posted a decline of 1.1 million of its ticket revenues for the season 2019-2020.
The cancellation of five performances of the magic Flute which had to be submitted in may has caused a loss of income very important. This opera, which accounted for 40% of the box office of the season 2019-2020.
“It was an exceptional production. Its unexpected cancellation has also led to costly “, informed the director-general.
The report of The Traviata and Jenufa will lead necessarily to a substantial decline in revenue for the season 2020-2021.
“The Opera house is privileged to be able to count on a philanthropic community thriving. Our art form needs the support of its generous donors to continue its momentum artistic. It is this support that will allow the company to keep the cap this season, ” said Patrick Corrigan.
The Opéra de Montréal is working to put in place an online program in the fall.
“This is a great opportunity for us and it’s part of our recovery strategy. We think of five or six recordings of high quality we could offer. We would like to present three of them in the fall, ” said Patrick Corrigan.