Friday, May 22, 2009
Richardson’s The Living Opera postpones 2009-2010 season
Chairman Michael Collier: "There were insufficient funds to mount our 2009 season as planned."
Michael Collier, Chairman of the Board of The Living Opera, the Richardson-based community opera company, today announced the postponement of their 2009 season to 2010. (Editor's note: The Living Opera's season was to have started on July 17 with The Yellow Rose of Texas at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. Other productions included Gilbert & Sullivan: LIVE! On Stage!, Madame Butterfly, and Beauty and the Beast.)
"As opera-lovers throughout the U.S. know, the recession has already made 2009 a difficult season for opera companies, and many companies of long-standing have closed their doors. The Living Opera has not been spared. After a series of fundraising events the Board regretfully decided at its meeting on May 19 that there were insufficient funds to mount our 2009 season as planned, and we have therefore deferred our season until 2010. Our Executive Director, Adam Adolfo, has also been released from his contractual obligations with us.
We know that many supporters will be disappointed, but this year will give us the opportunity to regroup and reinvigorate ourselves, and create a reserve of funds that will underwrite our production costs for the 2010 season. The Company will honor 2009 season tickets for the 2010 season, and plan to hold a special concert this year to recognize and show appreciation to its season ticket holders.
Source: The Living Opera
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