By Dejan Vukosavljevic
The Royal Opera House Covent Garden has canceled March performances of Puccini’s opera “Tosca.” The opera was set to star British-Italian tenor Freddie De Tommaso in the role of Mario Cavaradossi, German baritone Michael Volle as Baron Scarpia, and Swedish soprano Malin Byström in the title role. British conductor Alexander Soddy was signed on to conduct the run.
The opera was originally set to open this month with Anna Netrebko and Saioa Hernández sharing the title role. However, the company canceled when the government of the United Kingdom placed London in the Tier 4 category.
The Royal Opera House’s cancellation of “Tosca” comes after a series of cancellations in Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and France. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently imposed a national lockdown in England, in order to combat a fast-spreading novel variant of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. London has been severely hit with the new wave of the disease.