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June 27, 2012
Seattle Opera expects a shortfall for 2011-2012.
From the official press release:
"Seattle—Seattle Opera announced today that the company anticipates a potential shortfall for its 2011/12 season, which included 36 performances of five mainstage productions (Porgy and Bess, Carmen, Attila, Orphée et Eurydice, and Madama Butterfly), as well as two Young Artists Productions (Werther and Don Pasquale) and a variety of education and community engagement programs.
The company, which has operated without a deficit for 18 of the past 19 seasons, has been working on alternative season models with its Board, in response to the difficult economy."
The much anticipated production of Die Meistersinger, a grand finale to Speight Jenkins' career in Seattle, will not be produced in 2014. The International Wagner Competition will replace Meistersinger. 2012-2013 season will be produced as planned and funding for the 2013 Ring is on track. The 2013-2014 season will see a reduction in productions.
Here is the link to the press release: