Due to the current circumstances that have forced the health authorities to take measures in order to control the COVID-19 pandemic, ABAO Bilbao Opera sees the celebration of the Saint-Saëns opera unfeasible, Samson and Delilah planned for the days 23, 26, 29 January 1 February 2021, with the presence of leading artists.
The reduction of capacity to 400 viewers, he 18% of available capacity, along with mobility restrictions and time limits, currently make it impossible for all members and the general public to attend scheduled functions.
On the other hand, the necessary artistic organization of preparation and assembly of the production, as well as the beginning of the trials scheduled for the end of this month, force the decision not to prosper with the celebration of the opera, is determined at the present time.
In the opinion of ABAO Bilbao Opera, the measures adopted in collaboration with the Euskalduna and the Ópera XXI Association, would allow the expansion of capacity while respecting all the necessary health security measures.
The opera, theater, are proving to be safe spaces. further, taking into account the dimensions of the Euskalduna Bilbao, that are not comparable to those of other event spaces, Nor should it be governed by the same capacity limit rule.
ABAO maintains its conviction that opera, culture, It is a basic instrument for social development and the diffusion of values that contribute to progress towards a more balanced and fully developed society, definitely, fairer and freer so it will continue to put all its efforts to maintain Bilbao as an international operatic benchmark.
The Association thanks the partners, to collaborating companies and institutions and the general public, your understanding and support in these exceptional circumstances.