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Coronavirus Protocols Drop Early Curtain On 'TOSCA', Other Events

Eugene Opera

In the wake of coronavirus concerns and Governor Brown’s statewide directive to limit public gatherings to 250 people or less, many events are being canceled or rescheduled.

For the Eugene Opera, the decision to cancel its latest production, TOSCA was “heartbreaking”, according to executive director Erika Rauer. She says the news came at 10 o’clock Wednesday night.

“Which was the exact moment that our conductor put down his baton, concluding the final dress rehearsal," she tells KLCC. 

"Everything was completely ready and set to go, it’s a fabulous show with incredible artists, and incredible hard work and dedication that came to bring this massive work to life.”

Rauer says so far, they hope to keep their “Diva Cagematch” -- a boxing meets opera event -- on the May calendar.

Additionally, the Eugene Symphony has rescheduled its Symphonic series concert from May 19th to May 30th.  And the Eugene Chamber of Commerce has canceled or postponed its formal events through April 8th. This includes its Women Business Leaders event and the Economic Summit.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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