The Merc has an article about the arts in our area, quoting two of my employers, Irene Dalis and Andrew Bales. I am thankful that both employers are more careful than a past employer I had. I suspect we’ll survive, but that caution is the necessary thing right now.

The Merc also has an article about the two Elixirs that are taking place simultaneously. Hmmm. Perhaps some folks who normally drive all the way to San Francisco will give Opera San José a try.

I can dream, can’t I? And I will dream. And not worry. About this, in any case. I prefer to keep my worrying in the oboe reed camp. It’s such a predictable way to worry.


With turmoil in the financial markets hitting its usual roster of deep-pocket donors, the Pasadena Symphony can’t afford to stage its November concert and has cancelled the performance, co-Executive Director Tom O’Connor said Monday.
“We can’t make enough money at the box office to cover costs and we rely on the generosity of donors,” O’Connor said, adding that ticket prices were reduced this year to expand the audience base. “We feel (donors) all deserve a break while they put together what their priorities can be in terms of support.”

Sad. I read it here.


The financially troubled New York City Opera furloughed employees for two days last week because it feared it would run out of money to pay them, a spokesman said Wednesday.

The staff, except for finance officials, was told in meetings on Oct. 15 to take the days off. They returned to work this week after the company tapped “board members, private donors and other sources” for money, said the spokesman, Pascal Nadon.

Read here.

Sad. Yet again.


Reacting to economic pressures and fallen ticket sales, Michigan Opera Theatre on Wednesday canceled its scheduled spring production of Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci” and announced staff layoffs and other budget cuts.

David DiChiera, MOT’s founding general director, said it was the first time in the company’s 38-year history that it had canceled an entire production. He said dropping “Pagliacci” would save $400,000 to $500,000.

“There’s been a real weakening of ticket sales,” DiChiera said, “and there was no way we could just continue through the year without taking action. We would have found ourselves with a very serious deficit.

I suppose this is going to become rather common. Sigh. I read this last one here.


  1. Michigan Opera Theater has some excellent talent, not the least of which is conductor Susan Mallory, who recently filled in for the late Patrick Flynn in Saginaw. I have played opera pops twice with her there and she and the singers were excellent. It’s unfortunate that deciding to become a car parking organization is hailed as good business sense, instead of working the phones and finding the money from the rich patrons, to keep the music coming.

  2. I finally registered b/c I had to comment about this. I have gone to the OSJ website several times to check out performances. It would be so much more convenient to go to OSJ, and now that I am down in SJ 3 days a week for classes, wouldn’t it be great to pop in on a show after classes? The problem–and many of my friends with similar income ranges agree with me–is that we can go see SF opera for as little as $10. Via student rush, I can get $235 seats for $25. I used to go to OSJ a lot more back when tickets were available for $45-$50, which is still a bit on the high end for me, but I’d be willing to do that for a few performances a year. However, the last time I looked at OSJ (really wanted to see Eugene Onegin), the cheapest ticket you could get was $79 (it’s $69, but then there is a mandatory $10 fee, so essentially, $79), and that is for balcony (=nosebleed) seats. None of my 20 and 30-something friends would pay that kind of money to see opera (Actually, we wouldn’t pay that to see SF Opera.) Certainly not, when we can see 3-8 SF Operas for the same price. But otoh, OSJ probably can’t afford to offer seats for $10 or $20ish, (Though perhaps they could sell such tickets for dress rehearsals?) so as much as I and several of my friends would like to occasionally support OSJ, we’ve been priced out, I guess.

  3. Psst … Anzu … call OSJ and ask about student rush tickets. Last year my son got in for $10. It was in the last hour or maybe an hour and a half before the show. He got a great seat, too.

  4. For reals? But they never advertise this on their website! (Or at least, if they do, it’s very well-shrouded and obscured.) Anyway, thanks for the tip. I might just try that.

  5. Well, he sure has gotten tickets that way. $10. In sometimes fantastic seat. I’m assuming they still have this going on. I suspect they just don’t advertise it loudly, if at all. I’m not sure why. I would suggest calling to verify, though!