San Diego Opera no Longer Operable, Votes to Close

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 10:02 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego is saying "so long" to sopranos and "arrividerci" to arias.

The board of the opera that has been a city cultural institution for 49 years voted overwhelmingly to shut down Wednesday.

The company will give its four season-ending performances of "Don Quixote," then shut down for good April 13.

The opera's General Artistic Director and CEO Ian Campbell told the board before their 33-1 vote that the institution with its $15 million operating budget is so broke that closing is the only viable thing to do.

Campbell tells U-T San Diego the choice will allow the opera to wind down "with dignity and grace" rather than scrape for pennies.

The national organization Opera America says San Diego's was the 10th biggest opera company in the country.

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Comments [6]

David from Flushing

I read that the Met has had a 20% unsold ticket rate of late. Tickets are not the only source of income, but this is still troubling. I recall a time when getting a ticket was rather difficult unless you were a subscriber.

We are now seeing the failure of smaller organizations, but eventually major ones will die from audience and benefactor decline.

Mar. 20 2014 04:55 PM
Darian Taylor from Sevierville, TN

Holy smokes. This is really, really, really bad news for the state of opera, and classical music, in general. Seems someone should have been able to come up with some creative financing options, including greater diversity of offerings, to keep the opera running. Sad day.

Mar. 20 2014 02:30 PM

Tim, I was not clear (sorry). The "one percent" refers to the few that do give, sacrificially, only to see the tree they grew, full of fruit, cut down.

Mar. 20 2014 01:28 PM
Tim

@donultra You don't have to be in the one percent to enjoy high art... although I wish I were....

Mar. 20 2014 12:40 PM

It's sad to be in the one percent...

Mar. 20 2014 12:21 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

It's a vert sad state of affairs obviously for all involved as well as for the opera company's patrons. It's even more hurtful to read about --- let alone experience --- especially because when I read what will be its swan song is a Massenet rarity usually neglected.

Mar. 20 2014 10:36 AM

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