UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

To Our BOF Community,

Berkshire Opera Festival would like to address concerns regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19.  First, please know that we share your concerns about this situation, which continues to evolve.  Our primary focus is on finding ways to safety produce our season, with an emphasis on safety.

Our staff has continued to work throughout this pandemic in safe quarters, and can be reached via phone or email during regular business hours (M - F, 10am - 6pm).  Please don't hesitate to call or email if you have ANY questions or concerns!  Call us at:  413.213.6622.  Email:  info@berkshireoperafestival.org

The State of Massachusetts has shared its 4-Phase Plan for Reopening, and we are currently (as of 5/28/20) in Phase 1.  The State has mapped out benchmarks for evolving through each phase while closely monitoring each step, and Berkshire Opera Festival is adhering to these protocols in preparation for our 2020 summer season.  Safety protocols for performers are being managed here at BOF, and venue protocols are being produced currently and will be updated here once they are available.

We encourage everyone to monitor the latest health and safety decisions from city and state departments of health, as well as from reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).  We have downloaded an office protocol poster from the State of Massachusetts, and are happy to share it here.

  • The WHO has the latest facts about the coronavirus, available here.

  • A link to the CDC is available here.

Recommended preventive advice:

  • Wear a protective mask in public to shield yourself from outside germs and to shield others from yours.

  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from others as much as possible.

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap, cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and use tissues and discard them immediately after use. 

    • We have found that singing excerpts from our favorite arias for 20 seconds helps us extend our hand-washing practices to extinguish any germs.
  • Sanitizing wipes and sprays are available at most shops and are recommended for surface disinfection practices.​

  • A handshake is our standard greeting custom in the U.S., but there are many non-contact greeting customs that can be adopted through this period, such as:  
    • a nod and a smile 

    • a slight bow 

    • a tip of your hat (or an imaginary hat)

  • If you find that you have a fever and/or flu-like symptoms, remain at home and contact your doctor.  Please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same.

BOF is working carefully with staff and leadership at the Colonial Theatre to develop detailed safety protocols for our performances of Don Giovanni to protect all individuals on- and off-stage that are in alignment with the State of Massachusetts's official Reopening Plan for Phase 3 venues.  We will update this page as soon as more information becomes available.

With warmest regards always,

Berkshire Opera Festival