Set i lyset af regeringens Corona-virus/COVID-19 forbud mod store events og festivaler indtil slutningen af august, tager Copenhagen Opera Festival sig tid til omhyggeligt at gennemgå dette års planlagte program med alle relevante parter, idet mange elementer af årets festival desværre ikke kan afholdes efter planen.
Kultur og opera til alle er vigtigt, nu mere end nogensinde. Som festivalarrangør tager vi situationen meget alvorligt og forstår vores ansvar i den branche, som vi er del af. Vi ser derfor i øjeblikket på alle de muligheder, som kan gøre det muligt for os at fortsætte med at give jer Copenhagen Opera Festival, samtidig med at vi sikrer at vi følger regeringens og sundhedsmyndighedernes anvisninger for at vi passer allerbedst på hinanden.
Vi takker helhjertet for jeres tålmodighed, imens vi arbejder på at udforme de nødvendige løsninger, der kan skabe rammerne for at Copenhagen Opera Festival kan fortsætte med at skabe opera for alle i mange år endnu.
"The Copenhagen Opera Festival lives, breathes and thrives in the heart of our beautiful city. Every summer since 2009, world-class artists have taken over the streets, canals, halls, theatres, concert platforms and homes with the ultimate combination of song, theatre, film, drama, dance and storytelling: Opera.
2020 has seen COVID-19 take over the world as we know it and demand a new set of rules and behaviours. At Copenhagen Opera Festival, our foremost thought guiding every decision we make is quite simple: good health and safety for everyone.
Whilst we take the time to reassess our plans and adapt and evolve our ideas and thinking, I want to take this opportunity to send all our artists, friends, colleagues, collaborators, supporters and audience members my very best wishes and to let you know that we will inform you immediately, when we have reached a final decision on our 2020 planning.
During this time of lockdown, social media has seen the most incredible outpouring of love for our beloved Art Form, and it is alive with recorded performances from Opera Houses all over the world, alongside presentations that Artists have been making, directing and mixing from their newly and rapidly created home studios.
I have been absolutely humbled by how this world-wide community of Artists have come together and opened their hearts and voices to make sure that Opera doesn't go on "pause". More than ever, we need culture and art as a daily window to gaze through, so thank you to everyone who has shared arias, ensembles, live streams, archives and personal messages in this most challenging of times.
From my heart to yours, stay safe and stay well.