COVID-19 Safety Information

To Our BOF Community,

The safety and comfort of our artists and patrons has always been a high priority for Berkshire Opera Festival, and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.  BOF is continuing to work closely with each of our performance venues to refine safety protocols for performances based on the most current state guidelines* and industry best practices


Audience Safety Protocols

All patrons attending BOF performances this summer will be expected to comply with certain audience safety protocols, including wearing masks while inside the theater. These protocols will be communicated to patrons in advance via email and posted to this page.

Travel Advisory for Out-of-State Visitors

All visitors entering Massachusetts are advised to refer to the latest travel advisories prior to entering into the state:

Ticketing Logistics

Tickets for Glory Denied July 22 and 24 at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Falstaff,  August 21, 24, and 27 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (MPAC) will both be managed by the Mahaiwe’s Box Office.  Each production will have a different ticketing process based on the timing of Massachusetts’ final phases of reopening and related COVID-19 safety guidelines.  Tickets for both productions begin at $20.  


For the health and safety of both patrons and staff, we are practicing limited contact / electronic ticketing.  If you have any ADA or other special seating needs, please mention those in the comment box when placing your order online or call the Box Office.


To purchase your tickets in advance, visit or call the MPAC Box Office at ( 413) 528-0100, Wednesday - Saturday, 12 PM to 4 PM.

Glory Denied Ticketing

  • All tickets must be purchased in advance prior to arriving at the McConnell theater; tickets will not be available for purchase at the theater. 

  • We anticipate limited seating due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Please organize all of your group’s seats into one purchase (limit 6 patrons per group).  

  • Tickets will be purchased within seat sections.  Specific seat assignments within each section will be designated by the box office no later than two weeks prior to the event, and electronic tickets with seat assignments will be sent out at that time. 

  • All seat assignments will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.  Purchase early to access the best seats in the house!


Falstaff Ticketing

Note: Though the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will no longer mandate specific safety measures for audiences as of August 1, BOF and the Mahaiwe will still require a limited number of safety protocols - including wearing a mask while inside the theater - for the comfort of ALL patrons.  Complete protocols will be communicated to ticket buyers in advance of performance dates. 

  • Patrons will be permitted to select their individual seats when purchasing their tickets.

  • There are no restrictions on the group sizes. 

  • We encourage all patrons to purchase their tickets in advance prior to arriving at the MPAC theater to avoid congestion in the lobby before showtime.  


Contingency Plans

BOF has contingency plans to move forward with its 2021 season programming even if the trajectory of the pandemic and its related safety guidelines in Massachusetts change in such a way that conflicts with our current plans.  In other words, the show will indeed go on.

*Please note:  COVID-19 pandemic and related safety guidelines are ever-evolving.  All protocols are subject to change and will be updated on this page. 

Last updated:  May 4, 2021