STAGE TUBE: New York City Opera Seeks Funding- Kickstarter Update!
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, in the midst of budget troubles, the famed New York City Opera may cancel the remainder of its current season, as well as the its planned 2014-15 productions, if the company is unable to raise $20 million by the end of 2013, execs have confirmed to The New York Times. The company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to tap into the generosity of its previous and potential future patrons. Since it went live, $56,734 of the $20 million goal has been pledged. CLICK HERE to donate now!
"The company's been living on The Edge and hand-to-mouth for a number of years, and we've gotten through our own share of financial troubles," George Steel, the City Opera's general manager and artistic director, recently told The Times. "We've had balanced budgets for the last two years, and we've been doing, I think, incredible work onstage. But we can't forge ahead without a significant infusion of capital."
City Opera moved out of its previous home, Lincoln Center, in 2011 after financial troubles hit. Since its departure, the company, which last year managed to raise the $11.5 million it needed to keep the stage lights up, has performed at various theaters and venues throughout the city.
New York City Opera has been a pioneer in the field of arts education for more than 40 years. Drawing upon the company's adventurous and contemporary approach to opera, NYC Opera Education provides students with a three-dimensional introduction to the art form, from page, to stage, to backstage. Students meet with NYC Opera Teaching Artists and other theater professionals in their classrooms, go behind the scenes to see how productions come together, and watch world-class performances during the season.
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