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.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

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

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

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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