We are in the battle now to save the Opera. The company announced last Wednesday that it was going to shut down after the last performance of this season. I know I got the word out to most of you, and to those that I missed, I apologize. It has been a trying week. We have formed a task committee of employees from all aspects in the company, and are applying pressure to the Board of directors and our elected representatives to get this decision reviewed. We are making progress, and I will keep you posted. In the meantime here is what you can do to help
What you can do:
1. Sign the petition to save San Diego Opera at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/827/516/648/save-san-diego-opera/. We want the board to know that San Diego Opera is a valued cultural institution both within the local community and within arts communities nationally and internationally. After you have signed, share the petition with friends via your social media or email.
2. If you are on Facebook, Connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/savesandiegoopera. We will post more action items for supporters soon.
3. Connect with us on Twitter @savesdopera.
Those of you that live in the San Diego area can also apply pressure to the City Council and other elected representatives. Here is an outline letter that the committee prepared. Please feel free to modify it as you see fit, and to share this information with anyone that you think would like to help as well:
As you are aware the San Diego Opera will close following our last performance on April 13th, 2014. The closure of this venerable institution after 49 years was decided by a vote of the Board Members, 33 to 1. According to the General Director, Ian Campbell, the closure was necessary to keep the company from going into possible bankruptcy next season. I implore you to look into this.
It is our understanding that the company has no debt. If that is the case, the company could have at least tried to rework their financials. There are alternatives: renegotiate contracts with employees, do fewer productions, cut back expenses, seek new leadership, etc. None of these ideas were even considered with respect to any of the employees that have worked so many years with the San Diego Opera.
Only one round of voting decided to shut this marvelous company down. There are upwards of 400 people being affected by this decision, which include a combination of full time staff, scenic studios staff, chorus, principal and supporting artists, directors, conductors, designers, productions staff, stagehands, wardrobe, wig and makeup, San Diego Symphony players and others. This doesn’t even include the local businesses, the Civic Theater and its employees, vendors such as music stores, voice teachers, etc. In addition, San Diego Opera offers educational outreach to thousands of students in our schools both through attending operas, and through having musicians visit their school. San Diego would also be losing one of the top 10 opera companies in the country, a company we are all so proud of.
It is our fear that if the receivership is allowed to continue at this extremely fast pace, the assets of the company will be lost with no hope of rebuilding. The loss of this institution to San Diego is incalculable, not only to its patrons, its employees, but to the greater community of San Diego.
We ask that this situation be brought to the attention of the City Council and hope that you will join us in trying to keep this company moving forward. We are also asking that you go to http://www.thepetitionsite.com/827/516/648/save-san-diego-opera/ and join us by signing our petition to SAVE SAN DIEGO OPERA.
WE MAKE MUSIC WORTH SAVING
The San Diego Opera will cease to exist this April. Here is a link to the first notice.
link to a follow-up article