People across the globe have no doubt been waiting to see what would become of the Santa Fe Opera's upcoming 64th season.
Today, they got their answer: The venerable institution has canceled its summertime run.
"This difficult but necessary decision was made with the health and safety of our staff, artists, patrons and the entire Santa Fe community at the forefront of our thoughts," General Director Robert K. Meya says in an open letter. "I am at a loss to describe the disappointment that I myself and all my colleagues feel today."
The cancellation wipes out the company's traditional five-shows, including the world premiere of Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly as well as Tristan und Isolde, Rusalka, The Barber of Seville and a revival of The Magic Flute.
For ticket holders, numerous options will be made available, including crediting money already spent toward the 2021 season, donating ticket costs to the opera, a full refund or a combination.
Meya released a video announcement as well, which you can watch below.
"Brighter days will soon be on the horizon," he says, "and there is no greater view than from a seat at the Santa Fe Opera."