Lyric cancels Mazzoli’s “Proving Up” due to Covid surge

Wed Jan 05, 2022 at 10:30 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Christopher Kenney and Leah Hawkins in the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up at Washington National Opera in 2018. Photo: Scott Suchman

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has cancelled this month’s Chicago premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up. The off-site chamber opera was to open January 22 at the Goodman Theatre.

“This difficult decision is based on our current understanding of the ever-changing public health situation, with the goal of keeping the safety of our company, our audiences, and our artists as our overriding priority,” said general director and CEO Anthony Freud.

Rehearsals of Proving Up were scheduled to begin this week. The cancellation of Mazzoli’s work, announced Wednesday morning, marks the first Lyric Opera shuttering of the 2021-22 season due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. The redlined performances are also the first major Chicago cancellation in response to the surging Omicron variant.

Lyric plans to reschedule Proving Up in a future season. Mazzoli’s opera was premiered to positive notices at Washington National Opera in 2018.

Ticket holders are being contacted directly. They will have the choice of keeping their ticket value on account, donating the value, or requesting a full refund.

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