COVID-19: Audience Safety and Ticketing Information

To Our BOF Community,

The safety and comfort of our artists and patrons have always been a high priority for Berkshire Opera Festival, and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Leading up to and throughout the current 2021 season, BOF has worked tirelessly to refine audience safety protocols in conjunction with our performance venues and based on the most current CDC guidelines* and industry best practices. These audience safety guidelines are in addition to internal company protocols which include a vaccination requirement for all 2021 BOF Artists and Company Members.



In light of the recent changes to the pandemic, BOF will now require all audience members attending our performances of Falstaff at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center to provide proof of vaccination in order to enter the theater. This new verification requirement is a critical step both in maintaining a safe performance environment and also to help ease audience concerns. If an audience member is unable to be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely-held religious belief, they may instead submit proof of a negative COVID PCR test result conducted no more than 72 hours prior to the performance. The same negative test verification may be submitted for children under the age of 12.

Please visit the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center website to learn more about MPAC’s updated audience safety protocols and an explanation of how this new verification process will be implemented at performances. 


Current Ticket Holders: In compliance with the CDC guidelines for fully-vaccinated individuals, audience seating at Falstaff is being offered at full capacity and face masks are required at all times when inside the theater.  All current ticket holders self-certified when they purchased their tickets that they are either fully vaccinated or will be tested prior to attending the performance.  Current ticket holders will be contacted by the MPAC box office to notify them of our updated verification policy and answer any questions about its implementation. 

Audience Safety Protocols

As of May 29, 2021, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has ended its State of Emergency and lifted all remaining COVID-19 safety restrictions. However - for the comfort of all BOF audience and company members - patrons attending BOF performances must comply with a number of audience safety protocols, including wearing masks while inside the theater regardless of their vaccination status.  Complete audience safety protocols will be communicated to patrons in advance of their performance via email, and will also be posted to this page. 

Falstaff Ticketing Logistics

Tickets for our mainstage production of Falstaff, playing August 21, 24, and 27 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (MPAC) are managed by the Mahaiwe’s Box Office.  Tickets begin at $20.  


To purchase your tickets online, please visit   You can also call the MPAC Box Office to order tickets by phone Wednesday - Saturday, 12 PM to 4 PM, at 413.528.0100. 

Additional Ticketing Information

  • For the health and safety of patrons, artists, 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.

  • Patrons should purchase their tickets in advance prior to arriving at the theater to avoid congestion in the lobby before showtime.

  • Seating at performances is being offered at full capacity with no social distancing between parties.  

*Please note:  The COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's reopening plans, and related safety guidelines are ever-evolving.  All protocols are subject to change and will be updated on this page. 

Last updated:  August 13, 2021