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Opera House extends closure

The Fredonia Opera House is going to stay closed until at least April 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Submitted Photo.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday that in light of recent state and federal mandates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it will remain closed through April 30.

All events and screenings scheduled between now and Apr. 30 are either cancelled outright or are being postponed to a later date. A complete list of impacted events can be found on the Opera House web site home page at fredopera.org. The most recently announced reschedulings are:

¯ Cane Mill Road bluegrass band concert, scheduled for April 18, has been postponed to Saturday, Aug. 29.

The 1891 Run for the Fredonia Opera House, scheduled for April 26, has been postponed to Sunday, July 19. Any runner registrations received to date will be held and remain good for the July 19 date.

Art & Architecture On Screen’s Hermitage – The Power of Art, scheduled for April 30, has been postponed to Thursday, Aug. 27.

Opera House staff will continue to work throughout this closure and will be available by phone … 716-679-0891 (Administration … leave a message if no answer) and 716-679-1891 (Box Office on Friday afternoons). You also can keep abreast of news and announcements by visiting the Opera House web site, and following it on Facebook and Twitter.

“We’re happy to pass on some positive news as well,” notes Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis. “Two of our program providers — the Metropolitan Opera and London’s National Theatre — are both presenting encore screenings of some of their best loved programs available for free viewing on the internet. The goal, of course, is to continue to engage audiences with great entertainment in their homes during this period of confinement.”

National Theatre announced it will present one popular past National Theatre Live production each week through April and May for free viewing on its National Theatre Live YouTube channel. Each production will be available for one week only; the first four will be: One Man, Two Guvnors; Jane Eyre; Treasure Island; and, Twelfth Night. This starts on April 2 with One Man, Two Guvnors.

Similarly, The Met is offering nightly free streams of many of its Met Live encore operas starting at 7:30 p.m. each night. The operas are then available for 20 hours. The productions can be accessed on the Met’s home page at metopera.org. This week’s offerings include Dialogues des Carmelites, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Nixon in China, Don Carlo, Les Pecheurs de Perles, Macbeth and Norma.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.

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