The Perth Festival has announced that West Australian Opera’s spectacular presentation of Carmen – scheduled for February 25-26, 2022 at the WACA Ground – has been postponed to 2023 due to the current outbreak of Omicron in Western Australia.
West Australian Opera Chairman Andrew Pascoe notes that “with the growing uncertainty around COVID-19, we have made this decision after consultation with our stakeholders, including the state government and our performance partners. . We thank the owners for their understanding.
“The development of the Omicron outbreak, the uncertainty around the number of COVID-19 cases and the possibility of further restrictions means the event has had to be postponed.
“This most recent outbreak has created significant logistical issues, especially with the director and driver being interstate. And the uncertainty surrounding the outbreak creates potential health and safety issues for our cast, crew, and audiences that we cannot ignore. These problems are particularly acute for a production of Carmen’s size and scale. We appreciate that this unprecedented situation has required sacrifices from all Western Australians. The Opera family is not immune to this.”
West Australian Opera Executive Director Carolyn Chard says “the well-being of our employees is essential. Providing a safe working environment for 150 people during rehearsals and performances and for 5,000 spectators at each performance is our most high priority and one that we cannot guarantee at this time.
“I gratefully acknowledge the tremendous work and preparation of all of our colleagues, including our West Australian Opera staff, our artists, our creative team, our production, marketing and technical teams, the choir, the children’s choir , the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Perth Festival and the WACA Ground and all of our partners, donors, patrons and suppliers. We appreciate your continued support.
Perth Festival executive director Nathan Bennett added “we appreciate the public health measures designed to keep everyone COVIDSafe. Our top priority at the Perth Festival is the safety of our audience and the general public, all of whom make sacrifices for the greater good of our community.
“Although some shows were unable to take place as part of this year’s Festival, we still have many free and paid events for people to enjoy at COVIDSafe venues through music, dance, drama, visual arts, cinema and literature from February 11 to March 6.”
“The Perth Festival is delighted to safely welcome our audiences to celebrate our incredible artists and stories throughout the three weeks of the Festival under the theme of Wardan (Ocean).
“As part of WA’s updated safe transition plan, the Festival will work closely with the relevant authorities and implement all COVIDSafe requirements to protect our staff, artists, patrons and the wider community. “
Carmen ticket holders will be notified directly. It is not necessary to contact the ticket office.
The Perth Festival organizers remind everyone to be vaccinated twice (and a third dose if eligible) and to have their proof of vaccination and ID ready to show when entering venues and applicable events.
More information on Perth Festival events at perthfestival.com.au
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