San Antonio Opera files for bankruptcy

Posted on: April 17, 2012

In Tuesday’s (4/17) San Antonio Express-News (Texas), David Hendricks reports, “Facing a federal lawsuit by a local musicians union, San Antonio Opera plans to file for liquidation bankruptcy within 20 days, the opera company’s lawyer said Monday. Meanwhile, another opera organization, Opera Theater San Antonio, plans to stage its initial gala concert in May 2013 with the San Antonio Symphony featuring seven or eight internationally known opera singers and to stage its first operas in January 2015 in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts now under construction. … San Antonio Opera, which started its 16th season last September, has no assets or staff, said its lawyer, Randy Osherow. It has canceled its productions this year of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ and Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’ and will file for liquidation once the paperwork is ready to notify season subscribers, musicians and several arts vendors, who would be claimants in the case, Osherow said. … The American Federation of Musicians, Local 23, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming that San Antonio Opera still owes musicians payments for a January 2010 production of Donizetti’s ‘The Daughter of the Regiment’ that was canceled. … Opera Theater San Antonio plans to make its stage debut May 23, 2013, with the San Antonio Symphony at the Majestic Theatre, said Mel Weingart, Opera Theater San Antonio chairman.”

Posted April 17, 2012