Semperoper Dresden cancels ‘Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci’ due to COVID-19

(Credit: Klaus Gigga)

The Semperoper Dresden has announced the cancellation of a performance of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” by Mascagni and Leoncavallo on November 17, 2021.

According to sources inside the opera, the performance of the double bill was canceled due to a positive case of COVID-19 in the choir.

Actors in the operas included Sonia Ganassi, Teodor Ilincai, Gregory Kunde, Hrachuhí Bassénz, Helene Schneiderman, Markus Marquardt, Stepanka Pucalkova, Aaron Pegram, Sebastian Wartig, Anna Schubert, Juan Carlos Navarro and Reinhold Schreyer-Morlock. Ivan Repušić was to direct the production of Philipp Stölzl.

The Semperoper Dresden has introduced the 2G COVID-19 rule, meaning only vaccinated and recovered audiences can attend performances.

The Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals are preparing amendments to the Infection Protection Act which will incorporate the 3G model for public transport. Authorities in the city of Berlin and across the country are still considering the possibility of a strict 2G+ rule for entry to cultural venues, restaurants and other closed spaces, which will include a mandatory PCR or Rapid Antigen test also for vaccinated and recovered.

Germany recorded 52,826 new cases and 294 deaths from COVID-19 on November 16, 2021.

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