One year after the Baltimore Opera found itself teetering on the brink of insolvency, that venerable institution is back in the black -- financially and artistically. A fund-raising drive raised over $1 million to retire the opera's accumulated debts. Now the company is working to build an endowment that will help stabilize future production costs.
The opera's turnaround can be credited largely to the energy of its director, Michael Harrison, and to generous support from area individuals, corporations and foundations. The company's staff and board members did a magnificent job of fund-raising, especially in the current recessionary climate. Ninety percent of support for the opera comes from the Baltimore region.
Moreover, ticket sales for the opera's first production of the season, Verdi's "Don Carlos," ran well ahead of projections -- an encouraging sign that the company's business acumen is now in line with its artistic ambitions. The opera's remaining productions this season, Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment" in March and Mozart's "Magic Flute" in April, are both much-loved works that by tradition can be counted on to fill the house.