Opera New Hampshire Cancels May Production

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Opera New Hampshire has canceled its production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut, scheduled for May 4 due to funding woes, reports the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Funding from subscriptions, ticket sales, sponsorships and other sources was reportedly lower than anticipated, prompting the opera's board to cancel the May 4 performance.

Opera New Hampshire is offering ticketholders a choice of exchanging their tickets for a performance by the Teatro Lirico d'Europa of Tosca on October 28, donating the value of their tickets to Opera New Hampshire, or requesting a refund.

The opera company is the second organization in the state this year to cancel performances because of budget problems, according to the Union Leader.

In late February, the New Hampshire Symphony announced that it was canceling the remainder of its season; the orchestra's programming for next season is also precarious unless new revenues are found.

Founded as the Opera League of New Hampshire in 1963, Opera New Hampshire presents professionally staged operas each year at the historic Palace Theatre in Manchester and supports an educational program for several thousand New Hampshire students each year.

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