COVID-19 cited as reason for January production shutdown
General Manager Jason Anderson opens the door for guests on October 10, 2020 at the Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids. A performance of the Cedar Rapids opera slated for later this month at Paramount has been canceled due to COVID-19. (The Gazette)
CEDAR RAPIDS – COVID has canceled productions of Cedar Rapids Opera’s “Cosi fan tutte”, scheduled for January 21 and 23 with Orchestra Iowa at the Paramount Theater.
In a press release, the board of directors of the opera company cited cases of COVID-19 within the company “Cosi”; the sharp increase in COVID infections overall, including the omicron variant; as well as the complexities of safely housing artists in volunteers’ homes, saying that “it became evident that it was impossible to create a production that meets both artistic and safety standards.”
“Cosi fan tutte” ticket holders, including Orchestra Iowa subscribers, will be contacted in the coming days with information on refunds and the possibility of converting tickets into a donation to “provide critical relief during these times. extraordinary “.
Cedar Rapids Opera, however, will continue to produce “Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears”, a virtual opera for young people. The singers will be recorded live and the recording will be available for free streaming at elementary schools, assisted living facilities and long-term care facilities across the state. Classrooms and community groups are encouraged to participate in discussions with the artists and the creative team after viewing the production through Zoom. More information is available at cropera.org/goldie-b-locks.
Strict COVID testing, masking and distancing procedures are in place for this project, under the supervision of two COVID security officers.
Cedar Rapids Opera has a variety of digital and outdoor offerings slated for 2022, including a book club with The Maestro via Zoom on February 10; “The human voice” on the exterior balcony of the CRST building on May 13; a return to Brucemore this summer with “The Pirates of Penzance” from June 16 to 18; and another concert on June 15th.