Chairman Susan L. Baker released the following via the New York City Opera website:
"Last week New York City Opera and General Manager-Designate Gerard Mortier reached a decision to part ways. The economic climate in which we find ourselves today has caused us both to reconsider proceeding with our plans.
While New York City Opera's immediate plans have changed, our path and optimism for the future have not. With guidance from Michael Kaiser, one of America's leading arts management advisors, our board and staff are working energetically to identify new leadership and to craft a practical and comprehensive plan for the 2009-2010 season and beyond: a plan that respects City Opera's past while initiating a creative and entrepreneurial vision for the future. We remain committed to our core values of innovation, accessibility, the nurturing of young singers and service to our community: values which have defined our company for 65 years.
I assure you City Opera remains poised for an exciting and adventurous future. The historic renovations to our theater are proceeding apace, and our citywide programming carries on as previously announced. January brings the much anticipated concert presentation of Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra at Carnegie Hall, starring Lauren Flanigan and Teddy Tahu Rhodes. In May we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of VOX: Showcasing American Opera, heralded by The New York Times as an "invaluable contribution to the city's cultural life and the future of American opera." And our school programs continue to bring the power and passion of opera to classrooms across the city.
It is you: our loyal patrons, subscribers, audiences, and friends: who have helped to make City Opera one of the nation's most forward-looking opera companies. With your continued support and understanding during this time of transition and renewal, New York City Opera will continue to play a vital role in the cultural life of our great city. "
For further information and tickets to upcoming events, visit www.nycopera.com.