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Opera Boston to close

Opera Boston, the city’s second-largest opera company, is closing its doors because of a $500,000 budget deficit its leaders say could not be overcome.

The stunning announcement, occurring amid considerable conflict within the organization, marks the end of a company that since its 2003 founding had grown steadily. Earlier this year it celebrated a Pulitzer Prize for music, won by composer Zhou Long, for the opera “Madame White Snake,’’ which the company commissioned and premiered.

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