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George Steel, City Opera’s general manager and artistic director, and former executive director of the Miller Theater at Columbia, talks about today's deadline to raise enough to save this season, and the company.
City Opera's problems pre-dated George's arrival. He has done a heroic job in turning things around but without the financial support of others - patrons, the board, NYer's - he can't make the impossible happen. He had the first balanced budgets in over a decade and staged some of the best and most adventurous work the company has ever done. They could be great again -- better than ever -- with the basic financial support they need and deserve. New York will not be the same without City Opera.
The City Opera has been poorly managed for years. It's too late to stop the inevitable.
Why didn't you just vote for a continuing resolution to continue the deficit spending at the opera? Or even better, just print a few million fresh dollar bills. Oh wait, only our elected officials can continue to spend money we don't have and print notes to cover it.
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