01. October 2013 · Comments Off on New York City Opera RIP · Categories: Read Online

It is curtains for New York City Opera. The 70-year-old company, long a star in the city’s cultural firmament, announced on Tuesday morning that its emergency fund-raising appeal had fallen short, and that it would begin the process of dissolving itself and filing for bankruptcy.

“New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal,” Risa B. Heller, a spokeswoman for the company, said in a statement. “Today, the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company including initiating the Chapter 11 process.”

Earlier in September, City Opera had announced that it would need to raise $7 million by the end of the month to pay for the rest of its season. The drive fell short, though, so Saturday night’s performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera “Anna Nicole” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music stands to be the company’s last. Its first performance, of Puccini’s “Tosca,” was given in 1944.

RTWT

Osmo Vanska of Minnesota Orchestra. NYCO.

… and of course all our National Parks currently closed as well.

Sigh.

What is happening to the United States?

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