Thursday, December 29, 2011

Opera Boston will cease operations on January 1 because of deficit.

Opera Boston's board chair and president announced that the city's second-largest opera company intends to permanently cease operations on January 1, 2012.

In a press release the company declared that in the face of an “Insurmountable budget deficit” and insufficient fundraising amid a difficult economic climate, informed the staff on December 22 that the opera would cease to function. The board claims to have taken the responsible decision, being it to work with their creditors. The company hasn’t announced whether ticket holders to February and April performances will receive refunds.

This is a great loss to Boston arts community: the company was greatly known for its performances of modern operas and presentations of lesser-known works…