PORTLAND, SEATTLE — Due to mounting public health concerns regarding COVID-19 and the increased prevalence of the omicron variant, Cappella Romana’s January performances of A Byzantine Emperor at King Henry’s Court have been postponed.
“Our music director Alexander Lingas would be coming from the UK,” explains Mark Powell, executive director.
“And our principal soloist Stelios Kontakiotis would be flying from Greece. With so many flights being cancelled because of the omicron surge, and the high risk of even one singer becoming infected, the Board of Directors and I made the difficult decision to reschedule this project.”
The concerts were to take place in mid-January, followed by a recording session. That session is now slated to take place in summer 2022, with a recording release to coincide with the rescheduled concerts in January 2023.
Cappella Romana is offering current ticket buyers and subscribers the option of transferring their tickets to the January 2023 date or to other concerts this season, donating their tickets, or receiving a refund.
All ticket donations will be allocated to pay our professional singers, compensating them in part for what they would have earned during the project. “Given the circumstances, this is simply the right thing to do,” says Executive Director Mark Powell.