Opera Vivente cancels 2011-2012 season; seeks new home
That season was to have opened in a new home next month at with "The Marriage of Figaro." The company announced several months ago that there would be a move from its base at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon to a facility on the east side of town, where the Maryland State Boychoir makes its home.
"Efforts began last spring to ...
Money was also a factor: "Although season ticket sales and contributions were encouraging, projected income for the remainder of the season is insufficient to ensure financial stability if the company pursued its season production plans."
No refunds are being given: "Income from ticket sales and contributions has been used to fund ongoing production and administrative costs since the close of the 2010-2011 season in May, 2011." Patrons are being asked to "convert" those ticket purchases into tax-deductible contributions.
In addition to "Figaro," the 2011-12 lineup was to have included "Ariodante" and an version of "The Bartered Bride" transformed to a Baltimore location, complete with Baltimore-speak -- a followup to the company's Bawl-mer-ized 'Magic Flute" in 2010 (pictured).
The company, founded and directed by John Bowen, "will use this time to explore options for its future" and asks for "patience and continued support as we work through these difficult circumstances."
UPDATE: Responding by email to my phone call asking for more details on what happened, Bowen said he has "nothing to add to the press release information. It certainly isn't an unusual tale in the current scary economic and social climate in which we now live."
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