2020 Festival Season
Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF) has made the difficult decision to cancel our performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA on August 22, 25, and 28, 2020 in the face of this COVID-19 pandemic.
A Message from Co-Founders Jonathon Loy and Brian Garman
About the Cancellation of Our 2020 Season
BOF Executive Director Abigail Rollins notes, “Throughout the past few months, we have worked tirelessly to develop a number of alternative possibilities for safely producing Don Giovanni, given that we did not know what the state of Massachusetts’s reopening mandate would be for indoor, live performances. On July 6, 2020, the state’s Phase 3 reopening protocols began to roll out, and it is now quite evident that we have no alternative but to cancel this performance.”
This is not the first adjustment that BOF has made to its Fifth Anniversary Season. In a May 27 press release, BOF announced the cancellation of its Fifth Anniversary Gala Concert and Celebration - originally scheduled for August 13 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA - as well as its plan to adapt its mainstage opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, to be performed in a semi-staged, concert version in order to better accommodate COVID-related safety parameters, including social distancing for its performers and audience members.
Since then, BOF’s staff and Board of Directors have been carefully monitoring the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, the evolving health and safety standards for both performers and audience members, and the State of Massachusetts’s Reopening Plan to make a final determination as to the feasibility of safely performing Don Giovanni. BOF has ultimately concluded that welcoming audiences to any indoor venue is simply not possible this summer.
Berkshire Opera Festival is currently developing plans for alternative events and programming to reconnect with its patrons and supporters from the safety of their homes later this summer.