Friday, July 22, 2011
Dallas Opera cancels Katya Kabanová because of budget problems
Subscribers will get their money back.
DALLAS Citing issues with the economy and a move to the Winspear Opera House, officials at the Dallas Opera have taken Katya Kabanová off of its season lineup. According to a press release, the executive and finance committees unanimously voted to remove it.
The Winspear has a seating capacity of 2,200, compared with 3,400 at their previous location. And, the costs of performing in the new arts district building are higher with fewer available seats. The statement explains:
In short, to produce five fully-staged, world-class productions for the same number of patrons in our new, more intimate facility requires an annual budget increase of approximately $4 million above the previous $12 million level, or roughly 33%. Additionally, virtually all of this increased revenue must be obtained through additional ticket sales and philanthropic donations during one of the most difficult economic environments in modern memory.
Board members knew that the move to the Winspear in 2009 would cost the opera more, but "it was generally believed at that time that we could raise the additional monies to balance TDO’s budget in the new house, with increased ticket revenues and annual fund donations compensating for the higher cost structure," Dallas Opera Chairman Dr. Kern Wildenthal said in a statement. The first year, their plan worked. The second year, they weren't able to raise additional money.
Subscribers will be refunded on canceled performances of Katya Kabanová.
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