Opera Theatre od Saint Loius sees increase in endowment
By Matthew Hibbard
• St. Louis Business Journal • Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Opera Theatre St. Louis grew its assets by $4.6 million to $37.1 million as of Sept. 30, the end of its fiscal year. The organization broke even this year reporting total operating
income and expenses of $9.4 million for its fiscal 2013 season, up from
$9.1 million the previous year.
Economic Impact Ain’t Everything
By Joe Patti
• Butts in the Seats • Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Drew McManus cautions a little today against putting a lot of stock in studies about the economic impact of the arts. I had been thinking along the same lines because so many people were
crowing last week about studies showing arts and culture had a $500
billion impact on the economy. The problem is, between 1998-2008 the impact of arts and culture on current dollar GDP was between 3.5% and 3.7% of the economy. According to a piece from Pacific Standard, arts and culture has been hanging around at 3.2% of the economy since 2009.
When you are talking 500 billion, each tenth of a percentage there
represents tens of billions of dollars so a .3%-.5% difference adds up
quite a bit of lost impact. (Though the report was measuring where
things stood in 2011 we are talking about a 2 year “hang.”)
Deborah F. Rutter to become Kennedy Center’s third president
By Katherine Boyle
• The Washington Post • Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Association, will become the third president of the Kennedy Center in
September. The center made the announcement at a press conference on
Tuesday, after an 11-month national search for a new president to manage
the country’s busiest performing arts center.
In defence of small-scale opera
By Robin Norton-Hale
• The Stage (U.K.) • Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Last week, the Daily Telegraph's opera critic, Rupert Christiansen, posed the question, 'What's the point of pop-up opera?'. The show he referred to in his article, a production of La traviata I directed for OperaUpClose at the King's Head Theatre, is not actually a pop-up show, but essentially it seems that what he means by pop-up in this context is a small-scale version of a 'big' opera.
Swimming Pool Opera: Chicago Opera Theater Puts on Show in Welles Park Pool
By Patty Wetli
• DNAinfo Chicago • Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Think opera is a bunch of horned Viking women
standing in place for hours on end, hitting ear-splitting notes sung in a
You haven't seen Chicago Opera Theater's free production of Orpheus & Euridice, coming to Welles Park.