AN OPERA company in distress might be excused for over-dramatizing its plight in the hopes of finding a financial rescuer. But with barely a whimper, Opera Boston - the city’s second largest opera company - announced last week that it was closing its doors as if it were nothing more than the corner sub shop.
It’s both a strange and sad outcome. The official reason given by Opera Boston’s board was an “insurmountable budget deficit.’’ But the roughly $750,000 deficit and liabilities weighing down the company struck few experts as insurmountable in a city of Boston’s size and cultural tastes. While some of the opera company’s powerful board members may have grown tired of their commitments, they could have found a way to exit the stage without dismantling the company.