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Closure of San Diego Opera postponed

Don Quixote
Don QuixotePhoto by: San Diego Opera

The San Diego Opera has been given a two-week reprieve reported the UT San Diego on April 1, 2014.

The board of directors voted 35 to 4 to give the Opera two additional weeks to raise $10 million to save the San Diego Opera.

April 29 has been set as the new date to make decisions regarding the future of the San Diego Opera.

Poor ticket sales and the fundraising difficulties caused the board to vote 33 to 1 on March 19 in favor of closing the opera after the conclusion of “Don Quixote.”

Karen Cohn, board president bristled at suggestions that anything other than lackluster ticket sales contributed to the board’s decision to close the opera.

“Our auditors certify our budget every year,” said Cohn. “We have no irregularities right now. There is no problem with the way we are running it right now.”

General and Artistic Director and CEO Ian Campbell previously stated that $16 million would be necessary to extend the opera another season, ending in 2015 with the opera's 50th anniversary. Of that amount, $6 million would need to be obtained through ticket sales.