Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cuts announced at Washington National Opera

Anne Midgette writes:
Following weeks of rumors about serious financial difficulty, the Washington National Opera on Monday announced cutbacks, not only to staff, but also to programming for next season. The 2010-11 season will present only five operas, down from six this season and seven in 2008-09.

The company is also eliminating eight staff positions and shuffling at least one. Mark Weinstein, brought in as executive director in 2008, "will be focusing exclusively on fundraising and broad-range financial strategic planning," according to a statement by the opera's president, Kenneth R. Feinberg. Weinstein will retain his title through the end of this season, Feinberg explained in a subsequent telephone conversation.
See the full story at The Washington Post.

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