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CLASSICAL November 2008

Subject:

Opera Pacific Shutdown

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Janos Gereben <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 5 Nov 2008 15:13:38 -0800

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   Opera Pacific closes down, likely for good
   Orange County's only major opera company is a victim of the
   economic downturn.
   By TIMOTHY MANGAN
   The Orange County Register
   
   Three days after its final performance of Rossini's "The
   Barber of Seville," Santa Ana-based Opera Pacific, the
   county's only major opera company, announced Tuesday that
   it will cancel the remainder of its 2008-2009 season and
   will likely close down operations for good.
   
   The economic downturn is to blame, according to Robert C.
   Jones, president and CEO of the company. "All I can say is
   that at this moment there are no plans for next season,"
   Jones said, shortly before leaving the office on his last
   day on the job.
   
   Jones said that the company has laid off all except a
   skeletal staff, which will handle necessary communications.
   Opera Pacific still has a board of directors, but artistic
   director and conductor John DeMain has been laid off along
   with Jones.
   
   Opera Pacific was to present the West Coast premiere of
   Ricky Ian Gordon's "The Grapes of Wrath" in January, and
   Richard Strauss' "Salome," with Orange County native Deborah
   Voigt in the title role, in March. The company presented
   22 seasons of opera at the Orange County Performing Arts
   Center.
   
   In addition, Opera Pacific has put its Santa Ana headquarters,
   a large warehouse structure, up for sale. The building,
   almost 20,000 square feet of office, rehearsal, shop and
   storage space, was up for sale in an attempt to generate
   cash flow for the company. But the building hasn't sold
   yet. The sale would likely cover the company's remaining
   debts, and then some, Jones said. ...

Janos Gereben
www.sfcv.org
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