Clash hastened Opera Boston’s demise
Why did Opera Boston abruptly shut down. The company, it turns out, couldn’t recover from largely being abandoned by its biggest booster. It’s deficit had grown from about $250,000 in July to $500,000 by Christmas. With an expensive February production scheduled, “The Midsummer Marriage,’’ the board projected falling as much as $1 million in debt. That’s for an organization with a $2.5 million budget. Dropping the curtain on a an organization with a reputation for creative programming seemed the only solution.