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Final Day for NYC Opera to Raise Funds; $2 Million of $7 Million

Final Day for NYC Opera to Raise Funds; $2 Million of $7 Million

Final Day for NYC Opera to Raise Funds; $2 Million of $7 Million

Earlier this week, the Times reported that City Opera's board voted to start bankruptcy proceedings next week if it fails to raise $7 million by Monday. The opera will most likely not meet that goal after only raising about $1.5 million since it first made an urgent appeal for the $7 million this month.

Today, an email from General Manager and Artistic Director notes that the company has gotten slightly closer, now reaching 2 million:

"We have just finished our successful run of Anna Nicole, and raised $2 million towards our target of $7 million, however there is only one day left to make a difference and help keep NYC Opera in business.

Here's how you can help today:

Make a gift to NYC Opera by clicking here, or calling 212.870-5626.

Make a pledge to our Kickstarter campaign by clicking here. All Kickstarter pledges are payable only if we reach our goal and produce our 2013-2014 season.

Share this email with your friends, and spread the word through Facebook and Twitter. The more people we reach, the better our chances.

Thank you if you've already made a pledge or a gift!

Best wishes,

George Steel
General Manager and Artistic Director

Plácido Domingo, who launched his career at NYC Opera, tells the Associated Press:

"My early performances with New York City Opera were what really kicked off my international career, and I look back on those days with enormous pride. The company has done incredible work for so many decades, and it has played an essential role in New York's cultural scene for millions of opera lovers. It would be an absolute tragedy for that legacy to come to an end."
New York City Opera is looking for support to produce its 2013-2014 Season.

For 70 years, The People's Opera - New York City Opera - has focused on producing unique works, showcasing emerging young artists, and educating the next generation of performing arts lovers.

Throughout its history as The People's Opera, NYC Opera has made opera accessible and affordable. And now NYC Opera needs help to produce its upcoming season.

NYC Opera has recently announced an urgent fundraising appeal - the Company needs to raise $7 million by the end of September; without these necessary funds it will have to suspend the balance of its 2013-2014 season after the production of the first opera of the season, Anna Nicole.

We are coming to the Kickstarter community to raise $1 million of that total to help us produce our 2013-2014 season.

We need the help of the people to save The People's Opera: audiences, artists, students, and everyone who cares about a world filled with exciting and innovative art. We are asking everyone to come together, to stand by The People's Opera, and help us produce our 2013-2014 season!

Our goal is to continue to push the boundaries of adventurous and thought-provoking opera in the 2013-2014 season and beyond. Donate at any level today and help ensure the future of opera in New York!


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