The set rental will be the first for New Orleans Opera since Hurricane Katrina. Ordinarily, the company is one of the top sources of sets in the country, renting about 15 productions a year.
New Orleans Opera production director Jerome Sherk told the Post-Standard that the first floor of the company's warehouse was flooded by the hurricane, but the ten sets on the second floor of the warehouse, including those for Tosca, were not damaged. Twelve sets on the first floor suffered some water, mold, and mildew damage.
Last month, Cleveland Opera, which had planned to rent the set for Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore from New Orleans Opera, announced that it would donate the $12,000 set fee and create its own set. Austin Lyric Opera, which had planned to use a New Orleans Opera set for Il trovatore, will use projected backdrops instead.