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Odyssey Opera is a welcome addition

The opera is a bit like the Grand Canyon: You might never go to see it, but you should be glad that it is there. Opera Boston’s sudden closure in December 2011 left a void in the cultural life of the city, and the fact that a new company — Odyssey Opera — is going to fill its place is very exciting.

Opera Boston failed in part due to mounting debt, and Odyssey Opera plans to avoid that pitfall by being a much leaner and more cost-effective operation. To be led by Gil Rose, who conducted Opera Boston during its final years, the new organization will perform the same sorts of modern and underperformed pieces that the now-defunct company specialized in.

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