ArtsAnon April 15, 2014 @ 2:01 p.m.

Many a brilliant career will be remembered by how it ended. Yes, Ian did incredible work to build the Opera. But just because he achieved that does not absolve him if he failed in the end. Some people retire at the peak of their career, others hang on to the glory days and are remembered instead for all of the mistakes at the end. A-Rod, anyone? He absolutely should shoulder some of the blame. And yes, the Board should have recognized long ago that their Director was not performing as he should have been, and taken the appropriate steps at that point. Their job, however, is not to do the staff's work (i.e. marketing.)


Ponzi April 15, 2014 @ 2:01 p.m.

Sure Ian Campbell did a great job for many years. However, in the end he will be known as a louse. That is how he will be remembered and that will be his legacy. He tried to close the company down quietly but he sorely underestimated the disappointment the surprise announcement would stir.

As long as there was money there, Ian Campbell could paper over any snags. There’s nothing a checkbook would not fix. When the future looked bleak he took pay raises and gave his wife a quarter-million dollars a year job. They were rewarded with cars, Ian a new Audi.

If sales are weak and contribution are going down, you don’t hire your wife and increase your wages… you take austerity measures and you sound the alarm and let the people in the community know that you need help. The Campbell’s knew the ship was sinking but they didn’t tell the passengers or the potential rescuers. They schemed to close the company down and preserve their handsome contracted benefits. The board is supposed arrive at clever strategies, Ann Campbell was charged with that.

Greed, self-interest, incompetence and inaction are the buzzwords for this tragedy.


dwbat April 14, 2014 @ 1:40 p.m.

Ian's ex-wife was in charge of marketing, and was highly paid. She failed miserably at her job, and Ian should NEVER have hired her in the first place. Ask Ian to look up the word "nepotism" and then report back. His unethical decision should have been overruled by the wishy-washy Board. For this and other self-serving behavior, he should be fired immediately and not rewarded with a payoff as he packs his bags for departure.


monaghan April 14, 2014 @ 12:46 p.m.

It is deeply unfair to blame Opera Director Ian Campbell for the demise of this wonderful institution when he is the one who has delivered years of pleasure to so many patrons from all over Southern California -- and employment to so many artists from San Diego and around the world. The Board of Directors is supposed to fund the enterprise with frugal decisions, clever strategies to market the product and regular infusions of their own money. If anyone failed to live up to expectations, it is the Opera Board.


eastlaker April 14, 2014 @ 12:14 p.m.

I am glad you had the opportunity to be there, Ms. Luzzaro.

What can be said? If the Campbells get away with destroying SD Opera and leaving town with their $3 intact, San Diego will have been had.

We really do need some legal eagles to make sure that doesn't happen. After spending years pleading for legal intervention from the Sweetwater multiple and egregious messes, dare we hope that someone in authority will actually wake up and respond in time to keep this opera company from being unnecessarily crushed?

What about that recent report about employment rates in San Diego? Are we doing so well that we can afford to let some 500 jobs go--when these are highly skilled and valuable people?


monaghan Nov. 14, 2014 @ 6:23 p.m.

Where's the headline linking defeated congressional candidate Carl DeMaio with the "dark arts?" Every political race involves "opposition research." If it's an expensive hard-fought race, "opposition research" is purchased by both sides. It may or may not be accurate and it may or may not be used.

I don't think Matt Potter has told us yet how much money was spent by Carl DeMaio on "opposition research" or revealed the names of companies used. Is there any way to account for accuracy or false charges leveled by either side? (I for one was skeptical about over-reach in DeMaio ads noticing Peters' BMW expenses while he was on City Council and false claims that Peters made money from official Congressional votes.)

Mainly, it's great to have surcease from the relentless TV barrage. Time to acknowledge that the best man won. Tme to move on.


Matt101 Nov. 15, 2014 @ 10:47 a.m.

Poor Jeff Light. Every day he works for Manchester, he sells another piece of his soul.


Anon92067 Nov. 16, 2014 @ 8:34 p.m.

It's astonishing that Matt Potter says nothing about the amount of "dark money" flowing into San Diego to support DeMaio from the likes of the Koch Brothers. Nor the barrage of negative ads that the dark money funded for the DeMaio campaign against Peters. You can't really be serious in portraying the situation as you have?

Politics is now a very dirty business, and thanks to Citizens United and the right-wing Supreme Court majority, we are left with a "democracy" where it's all about the money--and hiding the money's source.

At least in this case, San Diego was spared the nightmare of having Carl DeMaio in Washington. Scott Peters has done a good job, has the intelligence and wisdom to legislate, and will try to collaborate and compromise to get things done. DeMaio has shown himself time and time again to be incapable of hearing anyone's voice but his own.


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