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Darker nights at the opera
Darker nights at the opera

M any an opera plot is set in motion by a wicked curse that generates terrible heartache and loss. These days, it looks as if the real world of opera has been hit with a curse every bit as pernicious. Although orchestras, art museums, theater troupes and dance companies have certainly been buffeted by the economy's precipitous decline that started last fall, opera is being hard-hit. The Baltimore Opera Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December, shortly after presenting a vividly sung production of Bellini'sNorma that made it to the stage only after a longtime donor guaranteed the salaries for the cast. The cash-short company, incorporated in 1950, canceled...