Here in Saratoga Springs, one of the first signs of spring is the start of Opera Saratoga’s Summer Festival, which entertains music lovers from across the region. Unfortunately, due to the public health crisis caused by COVID-19, Opera Saratoga has made the difficult decision to cancel their 2020 Summer Festival.
Read About Their Decision
In a recent announcement, Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director for Opera Saratoga, officially announced the cancellation of the 2020 Summer Festival, scheduled to run from May 18 – July 5.
According to Edelson, “From a practical perspective, with Saratoga and much of the country essentially shut down, it has become impossible for us to continue building the sets and costumes for the opera productions that were to premiere at Opera Saratoga this summer. We also had artists scheduled to join us from around the globe in early May to begin rehearsals, and it is clear that this is not realistic or prudent under the circumstances.”
To ensure the staff, artists, audiences, and local community stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Opera Saratoga decided to cancel this summer’s Festival. All concerts and performances have been cancelled, and the company’s annual gala, originally scheduled for June 7, will be postponed.
Support the Artists and Others Impacted by the Cancellation
Although the cancellation will create significant financial challenges for Opera Saratoga, they are still committed to supporting the 100+ artists, artisans, and technicians who would’ve been involved this summer.
As such, Opera Saratoga is asking everyone who has already purchased tickets to the 2020 Festival to consider donating them to support the artists and seasonal staff. The company will contact those who purchased tickets and provide them with details on how they can convert their purchase into a tax-deductible donation or a full credit to your Opera Saratoga account. Ticket holders may also request a full refund.
Each ticket holder will be contacted personally, and Opera Saratoga asks for your patience, as their staff is currently operating remotely.
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