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Opera Carolina shortens season

July 30, 2009

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Opera Carolina shortens season

Opera Carolina is canceling one of next season's operas as part of cost-cutting forced by the recession.

The company will drop “Transit of Venus,” a 2-year-old opera by Canadian composer Victor Davies, as a part of reductions aimed at saving about $400,000, general director James Meena said. The work that was originally scheduled to open Opera Carolina's season, Giuseppe Verdi's “Otello,” will be moved to the May time slot intended for “Transit.” “Otello” will be reduced to two performances rather than three.

These and other cuts will trim the company's budget for next season to about $2.8 million, Meena said. A drop in contributions, including a $245,000 reduction in Arts & Science Council support, forced the belt-tightening, Meena said. The company is contacting ticket holders about the option to exchange tickets to “Transit” for another opera, get refunds or donate them.

By Steven Brown
Charlotte Observer