Last night at the conclusion of San Diego Opera’s orchestral rehearsal for Verdi’s Requiem, Gerry Whitney was honored. Gerry has been with San Diego Opera for 43 years and has been in a ridiculous number of productions. The company is 49 -years-old. It was a moment of community and a recognition of the longevity of music.
Today the U-T reported that the April 13th performance of Don Quixote will be the final performance of San Diego Opera. The company plans to shut down all operations by June 30th of this year.
Appropriately, this announcement comes the day before the sold-out concert of Verdi's great mass for the dead.
The was only one dissenting vote from the 34 members of the board according the U-T story.
Some chorus members recalled last season when Ian Campbell came into chorus rehearsal to assure everyone that there were challenges coming but that there was nothing to worry about. Everyone began to worry.
Lyric Opera San Diego has disappeared, Orchestra Nova has disappeared. Now San Diego Opera is on the way out.