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Any idea what this might mean for ABT Spring season?! 

We regret to inform you that the Metropolitan Opera has made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the entirety of the 2020–21 season, based on the advice of health officials who advise the Met and Lincoln Center. Because of the many hundreds of performers who are required to rehearse and perform in close quarters and because of the company’s large audience, it was determined that it would not be safe for the Met to resume until a vaccine is widely in use, herd immunity is established, and the wearing of masks and social distancing is no longer a medical requirement. Health officials have said this will likely take at least five to six months after a vaccine is initially made available. We want nothing more than to get back to creating operatic magic as only the Met can, but the safety of our company and the audience we serve must come first.”

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At this point I will be shocked if ABT performs at the Met in the spring.

Even if they COULD perform there to a live audience due to gathering restrictions being lifted, I have trouble imagining a large enough percentage of their audience (which like opera’s skews older) would be willing to attend to make it worthwhile. I miss live ballet so much, but can’t envision attending a performance next spring myself with everything we now know about indoor aerosol transmission. 

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