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San Diego Opera Hanging On


The San Diego Opera’s board of directors may take steps to try and save the company through a reorganization plan, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune report. During a chaotic board meeting, president Karen Cohn and other board members reportedly resigned. Carol Lazier, former board secretary, took the helm. She recently donated $1 million to help save the organization. Consultant Kevin Smith from New York advocacy group Opera America has presented a possible reorganization plan, which includes live transmissions of performances, encouraging more informal attire, as well as partnerships with other arts organizations. 

The American Guild of Musical Artists, representing chorus members, soloists, and stage managers, is seeking arbitration over the opera’s contractual obligations of more than $1 million to 34 employees. It is asking the US District Court to have money set aside to cover payments owed.  

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