Citing COVID Surge, Joffrey Postpones ‘Don Quixote’

By Keegan Morris |

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Joffrey Ballet’s Amanda Assucena and Alberto Velazquez in Don Quixote (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Joffrey Ballet announced yesterday that its production of Don Quixote has been postponed in light of the COVID-19 surge in Chicago. The production was scheduled to be performed at Lyric Opera House between February 16-27 and is now set to be performed in June. The production was choreographed by Yuri Possokhov, whose work Joffrey audiences last saw in 2019’s Anna Karenina.

Ticketholders for Don Quixote are given several options, including having their seats reserved for a future performance.

This deferral comes on the heels of Lyric’s postponement of a chamber opera by Missy Mazzoli, Proving Up. Though the Mazzoli title was to be performed at the Goodman Theatre rather than at the Lyric Opera House, Joffrey’s announcement does call into question other upcoming performances at Lyric, not least the opera company’s next performance, a Verdi recital occurring on February 6. That recital is set to feature music director Enrique Mazzola, soprano Tamara Wilson, and tenor Russell Thomas.