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Stages sit dark as US performance world struggles with cancelled seasons

Jaap van Zweden, musical director of New York’s famed Philharmonic, shown here in 2018.

NEW YORK: Recent weeks have seen the already painful situation facing live performance in the United States grow increasingly dire, with major companies along with Broadway somberly scrapping hope to re-open before next summer and scrambling to find ways to stay in the public eye.

New York’s Metropolitan Opera was the first top outfit to cancel its entire 2020-21 season over the coronavirus pandemic, followed by the highly bankable Broadway theater district and the city’s famed Philharmonic symphony.

Across the nation company directors are facing similar decisions, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra following the lead of its New York neighbors.

Elsewhere many organizations are still aiming to open in…

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