Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Tickets have to be exchanged

Dear friends of Baroque music,

First of all, thank you for your patience. We have so far tried to offer as many tickets as possible for Bayreuth Baroque.

A few days ago, however, the number of cases rose again and there is a threat of a second wave. Instead of being eased, the official regulations have now been tightened. As a result, we are allowed to admit a maximum of 200 people with social distancing (instead of 490 without) to the Margravial Opera House – despite our specially prepared assessment from a hygiene institute.

Many of you have also contacted us in the last few days and weeks to express your concern as to whether you should risk going to the opera. We totally understand this (we were able to guarantee excellent hygiene standards at all times, by the way). Many were also put off by the initially proposed requirement to wear a face mask in the auditorium.

So we are now facing the unhappy task of uninviting many music enthusiasts each evening, because otherwise the permitted number of seats will be exceeded.

The only way to do this with any degree of fairness is as follows:

The tickets you have bought will be cancelled and you will receive a 100% credit/voucher (we will cover any advance booking fees). This voucher will give you the exclusive opportunity to rebook tickets for your preferred events. These tickets will only be available to you as the previous ticket holder. The good news is that you will not be required to wear a face mask on your seat in the auditorium, but must do so in all other areas and during the interval.

If you decide not to attend Bayreuth Baroque at all this turbulent year, your voucher will also give you the exclusive right of first refusal for the forthcoming 2021 season (presumably late autumn 2020), even before the public pre-sale begins.

This has not been an easy decision for us, but we are optimistic and want to set an example for music and culture. We apologise for the fact that we are now inviting you to purchase tickets again at relatively short notice.

Tickets for the following performances at the Margravial Opera House are cancelled:
> Carlo il Calvo Opera on 3, 5 and 8 September
> Delphine Galou Concert on 4 September
> Joyce DiDonato Gala Concert on 6 September
> Vivica Genaux Concert on 12 September
> Gismondo, Rè di Polonia Opera Concert on 11 and 13 September

The following two concerts are NOT affected (however, you may not be able to sit in exactly the seat you booked, thank you for your understanding):
– Romina Basso Concert on 9 September at Schlosskirche
– Jordi Savall Concert on 10 September at Stadtkirche

 

Here is the timing:
> At the beginning of the week of 17 August, you will receive your voucher by email.
> Shortly afterwards, you will receive the link to the ticket shop by email.

In the ticket shop, you will be able to select these events in a corona-safe seating plan, each of which can be booked individually:

> Carlo il Calvo Opera on Thursday 3 September 2020 at 6 pm – premiere (two intervals, ends around 10 pm)

> Delphine Galou Concert on Friday 4 September 2020, 7.30 pm

> Carlo il Calvo Opera on Saturday 5 September 2020 at 6 pm (two intervals, ends around 10 pm)

> Joyce DiDonato Gala Concert on Sunday 6 September 2020, 6 pm (first part of the previous concert, lasts around an hour)

> Joyce DiDonato Gala Concert on Sunday 6 September 2020, 8 pm (second part of the previous concert, lasts around an hour)

> Carlo il Calvo Opera on Tuesday 8 September 2020 at 6 pm (two intervals, ends around 10 pm)

> Gismondo, Rè di Polinia Opera on Friday 11 September 2020, 6 pm (one interval, ends around 9.30 pm)

> Vivica Genaux Concert on Saturday 12 September 2020, 7.30 pm (first part of the previous concert, lasts around an hour)

> Vivica Genaux Concert on Saturday 12 September 2020, 9.30 pm (second part of the previous concert, lasts around an hour)

> Gismondo, Rè di Polinia Opera on Sunday 13 September 2020, 6 pm (one interval, ends around 9.30 pm)

Best regards, thank you for your understanding and hope to meet you soon.
the Bayreuth Baroque Team

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