Houston Grand Opera Plans Budget Cuts for 2005-06

Classic Arts News   Houston Grand Opera Plans Budget Cuts for 2005-06
The Houston Grand Opera plans to cut free performances and other programs in 2005-06 because of a lack of funding, the Houston Chronicle reports.

According to the paper, officials said at last week's annual meeting that the cuts were likely unless new sources of corporate support could be found.

Among the programs that are threatened are the Plazacast, a free annual simulcast on a large screen outside the Wortham Theater Center; free performances at the Miller Outdoor Theatre; the quarterly in-house magazine Opera Cues (which would still be available on the web); broadcasts on New York's WQXR; and OperaVision, a closed-circuit television system that brings close-up views of the action on stage to the Wortham Center's top balconies. Recording activities would also be curtailed.

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