Dallas Opera Cancels Production, Citing Finances

Friday, Jul 22, 2011  |  Updated 4:09 PM CDT
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Jane McGarry, NBCDFW.com

The 21st century meets the performing arts in the dazzling Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

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The Dallas Opera is canceling one of the productions scheduled for the upcoming season due to finances.

The opera announced Friday the cancellation "Katya Kabanova." Season ticket holders will get refunds. Single tickets haven't gone on sale.

The opera says by moving from a "less-than-optimal" space to the new Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in 2009, their seating capacity dropped from more than 3,400 to 2,200. That combined with expenses associated with the new venue have resulted in higher production costs.

While before a popular opera could be done in four performances, it now takes up to six. That has meant an annual budget increase of about 33 percent.

Ticket sales and donations had been expected to cover the difference.

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