Trouble Out West

by Suzanne Calvin

That pained expression on Placido’s face may be more fact than fiction these days. 

There’s been a lot to admire about L.A. Opera in recent seasons, so, news of emergency -- and I do mean EMERGENCY -- financing came as a particular shock, despite the realization that performing arts groups across the country are suffering the effects of the economic downtown, the burst of the housing bubble on the coasts, and a host of other significant factors.

Here’s an update on the opera company’s situation from the “Los Angeles Times.”

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Suzanne Calvin, Assoc. Dir. of Marketing, The Dallas Opera

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