Baltimore Opera closes; new Seattle company opens

Posted on: March 13, 2009

In Friday’s (3/13) Baltimore Sun, Tim Smith reports, “Three months after seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and canceling the remainder of the 2008-2009 season, the board of trustees of the Baltimore Opera Company voted today to pursue Chapter 7 liquidation instead and dissolve the 58-year-old organization. The company’s assets, including a warehouse, scenery, costumes and technical equipment, will be sold, and the proceeds will be distributed among creditors. … The company filed for Chapter 11 protection Dec. 9. [General Manager M. Kevin] Wixted said it could take 60 days or more for the Chapter 7 filing to get through the courts for a trustee to be appointed to oversee the liquidation.” In Thursday’s (3/12) Seattle Post-Intelligencer, R. M. Campbell writes about Stephen Stubbs’s new opera company, Pacific Operaworks, which “made its formal debut Wednesday night at the Moore Theatre. The production is not any ordinary affair but a compelling and provocative reading of one of the earliest operas in the repertory—Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘The Return of Ulysses.’ Conceived about a decade ago by brilliant South African artist William Kentridge, along with the Handspring Puppet Company, also of South Africa, it has since traveled a good share of Europe, including the Malibran Theater in Venice in December.”
Posted March 13, 2009