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Resource ID: #26802
Subject: Art
Source: KPBS/inewsource
Date: 2014-05-22



When the board of the San Diego Opera, one of the region's most prominent arts institutions, abruptly announced it would close after nearly 50 years, the shock reverberated nationally. San Diego's opera had been held up as a well-run organization with a balanced budget. But suddenly, it was shutting down and essentially blaming the audience. But a KPBS/inewsource investigation found there was plenty of blame to go around, enough to eventually prompt the state Attorney General to open an inquiry. Public records, leaked documents and sound sourcing revealed questionable financial practices at the opera and a 58-member board of directors more interested in socializing than running an arts organization with a multi-million dollar budget. It also exposed a highly compensated, intransigent leadership whose arrogant insistence on expensive, grand opera over consumer-friendly innovations nearly doomed the institution.

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