Opera Colorado announced today that it is postponing the premiere of the new American opera The Scarlet Letter that was scheduled for this, the company's 30th season. The production will move to the 2015 season in an effort to reorganize and stabilizing the opera that has incurred an operating deficit in 2012.
The company also has launched a $1.2 million fundraising campaign to pay down existing debt and ensure that its remaining operas—Romeo and Juliet and Don Giovanni—will be performed this season. It will also continue its Young Artists residency program, as well as other education initiatives.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to postpone the premiere of The Scarlet Letter,” noted Greg Carpenter. “However, I am confident that our plan for the future will create a stronger business model, thereby enabling us to fulfill our commitment to this important American work and to our community.”
Ticket holders for The Scarlet Letter will have the option of exchanging tickets for another Opera Colorado performance, requesting a refund, or donating the cost of the tickets to the company for a tax deduction. Opera Colorado's ticket office will contact them.