Baltimore Opera To File For Bankruptcy Protection

The Baltimore Opera is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday. The Baltimore Sun reports that the remainder of the 2008-09 season has been canceled, and ticket holders will not receive refunds. Peformers are being released from their contracts.


The bankrupt newspapers have gone right on reporting news stories, including this one from the Baltimore Sun.

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The fat lady has sung. The Baltimore Opera is filing for bankruptcy after 58 years.

INSKEEP: Contributions are down.

MONTAGNE: Ticket sales are off.

INSKEEP: And the company has canceled the remainder of this season.

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MONTAGNE: Since the Baltimore Opera was founded in 1950, it has featured many of the world's greatest singers, including Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo. But the company has run up a huge deficit.

INSKEEP: And it's not the only opera in trouble. The New York City Opera has cut back next year's season.

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