How to Fix an Opera Company Before It's Broken -- Big Changes at Portland Opera

December 4, 2014 5:30 PM

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In the opera world, it seems like it's always the bad news that makes the headlines. While there is certainly plenty of good news from the fleet of new, lithe opera companies cropping up, we still continue to see headlines that make us worry for the financial future of this glorious art form. First the New York City Opera goes out of business, then San Diego Opera comes a breath away from shuttering. More recently Florida Grand Opera sent a letter to the community admitting its need for a huge fundraising push to stay alive, and the Metropolitan Opera reported that despite success with its recent negotiations, it faces a deficit that has grown into 22 million worrisome dollars. The news may be good for the smaller, leaner companies, but for the top 15 or so companies, nobody really feels safe.

Which is why Chris Mattaliano, General Director of America's 12th largest opera company, Portland Opera, made a bold decision to stay ahead of the curve. Portland Opera recently announced the decision to completely change its format from a year round company into a spring and summer festival, where ...

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