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Anchorage Opera's MISSING - Postponed

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Postponed - New Dates TBD

Originally scheduled to perform February 11 thru 13, 2022

Statement from Anchorage Opera

Dear Friends,

Our deep commitment to our community means that we must continue to play our role in stopping the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic currently overwhelming our hospitals and endangering our neighbors. We cannot in good conscience add fuel to the fire that is the highly transmissible Omicron variant running rampant among us. Many factors have driven the decision to postpone our production. Missing, which gives voice to the current tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), is a USA premiere, making it impossible to replace a cast or orchestra member should they fall ill, or have to quarantine due to an exposure, during what is an already tight rehearsal schedule. A multitude of community projects surrounding the opera are also in the works. Voth Hall was to serve as a space for opera attendees to view exhibits and informational tables from partner organizations, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Native Movement, Data for Indigenous Justice, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, Alaska Native Justice Center, and Native Peoples Action. Pre-performance traditional ceremonies and post-performance Talking Circles meant to connect the audience with Alaska Native culture and with the cast and artistic team of Missing were planned. Partnering with Alaska Airlines, Elders, survivors, and families of MMIWG from across Alaska were to be flown from regions across our state to attend a private performance with on-site grief counselors present. These projects, meant to raise awareness of the MMIWG crisis and promote healing for our Indigenous communities, now run the risk of endangering the health of all participants. “It would be the absolute worst irony if this Western European art form, telling their story, brought sickness or death to them” Timothy Long (of Muscogee, Thlopthlocco, and Choctaw descent), Conductor for Anchorage Opera’s Missing.

We are deeply saddened that we are unable to bring this powerful opera to our community as planned, but are working diligently to reschedule the production, hopefully with the same stellar artists, designers, and technical team.

The postponement of this production impacts our company financially and the longer we wait to hit the brakes on it the more it would do so, with a high probability of having to postpone anyway, as COVID cases in our cast and team, necessitating quarantines of all exposed, and extending beyond the performance dates are very likely. We feel we owe it to our Artists, Orchestra Musicians, Stage Director, Conductor, Designers and Technical Team to compensate them in part. All of them cleared their schedules to perform with us, sometimes turning down other work, and all have already invested a great deal of time and effort in their preparations. They are our family, and we cannot leave them in the lurch. But this was not in our budget and these payments are in addition to their compensation when we reschedule our production. Our contractual rental obligations with the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts for the rehearsal period and performance dates must also be fulfilled.

As we work together to overcome this challenge, we’re humbled and grateful in the knowledge that our strongest asset is the continuing support of our community. We must do everything in our power to protect each other and honor our deep commitment to “Enrich. Inspire. Educate. Collaborate. Build Community, one note at a time”. You are part of our Anchorage Opera family, and we can’t wait to bring you the continuation of our 2021-22 Season of Healing, after this “intermission”, when it is safe to do so.

What are your options as a ticket holder?

If you are able, please consider an additional donation to Anchorage Opera to help us support our artists. Opera with all its ‘moving parts’, and opera singers in particular, have proven to be one of the most efficient means of spreading the virus. Thank you for helping us help our artists survive financially to perform with us again. To learn more about the dedicated Artist Fund we’ve established for this purpose, please visit anchorageopera.org.

We thank you for your understanding, empathy, ongoing patience, and support as we continue to weather the storm of this pandemic.

The Staff and Board of Anchorage Opera

Read the full statement from Anchorage Opera

How May We Help?

Our all-Alaska staff is here to answer your questions and more. Call us at 907-263-ARTS (2787).

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