More bad news on the opera front; DC's Summer Opera Theatre cancels sole '09 production

This just in: Summer Opera Theatre, a three-decade fixture in Washington's scene, has canceled it's solo production, The Merry Widow. My colleague, Anne Midgette, reports that the money just wasn't there for even one production; the company usually offers two.

As someone who has enjoyed several of the presentations -- a provocative Otello, a rare staging of Die tote Stadt, a sizzling Il trovatore, for example -- I hate to see this setback. (Summer Opera Theatre has enjoyed close ties to Baltimore musicians and institutions, especially Peabody.) The glimmer of good news is that the company is determined to build up its resources and return soon.

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