City Opera scrambles to avoid the worst

November 20, 2008 § Leave a comment

Now after that optimistic posting, lets get back to the doom and gloom. As we know, City Opera is quickly heading up that well known tributary without a means of propulsion (aka, up a certain creek without a paddle) after Gerard Mortier abandoned ship and its current lack of season constrict revenues. In an attempt to reverse its course, City Opera has turned to Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center. With a reputation for saving arts organizations on the brink of collapse, will he prove to be the superhero City Opera needs? Although he is not coming on as a paid staff member, he has agreed to write a strategic plan for the organization and come up with a feasible budget. Lacking an executive director (Mortier eliminated this position) or general manager, the organization seems to be seeking leadership in any form.


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