The Bavarian State Opera has postponed an upcoming production of the 2016 opera Koma by Georg Friedrich Haas and Monteverdi’s Combattimento due to the war in Ukraine.
In a statement, Serge Dorny said: “It is with great regret that we have decided, in consultation with Romeo Castellucci and Teodor Currentzis and our Munich and international co-production partners, to postpone the 2016 restaging of Georg Friedrich Haas’ opera Koma until 2024.
The director further remarked: “This decision was not easy for us, but it became necessary due to the war-related situation in Ukraine and the associated uncertainty about a possible participation of the MusicÆterna orchestra. The resulting imponderables jeopardize the planning and implementation of such a demanding project as “Koma”. The work has a complex score, much of which has to be played by heart by the musicians in the dark. This means demanding rehearsal work, which is adapted to the performance location – the newly built Munich Volkstheater. Considering the short time left until the festival, we could not find alternative solutions that would have guaranteed our artistic quality.”
These are the latest artists to be hit by the war in Munich, after Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev were fired for failing to part ways with Russian President Vladimir Putin. MusicÆterna is a Russian-funded orchestra whose creative lab is now based at Dom Radio in Saint Petersburg; MusicÆterna residencies are set up in Moscow, Lucerne and other cultural capitals.