Wednesday, March 01, 2017 12:49 AM

OPERA RETURNS TO CHATTANOOGA WITH MADAME BUTTERFLY

The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is bringing opera back to the stage in the Scenic City this month with Madame Butterfly, CSO's first fully staged opera in a decade. "The high cost of production was not sustainable," CSO Executive Director Samantha Teter says, referring to the operas previously staged by the CSO, many of which lost around $100,000 each, she says. The funds brought in by ticket sales and donations couldn't offset the myriad expenses of putting on a "grand opera" complete with full cast and orchestra, lavish stage design and costumes. Costs include the hiring of a stage manager, performers, director, set and prop designers, costumer and musical accompanists; paying for travel and several weeks of lodging expenses for people brought in from out of town to participate in the production; and renting costumes and the Tivoli space for rehearsals and performances - which all adds up to a significant amount of money. The budget for this production is $240,000, says Teter. The decision to produce a grand opera this year came after the CSO was approached by a supporter interested in donating money to produce an opera, as well as potentially bequeathing money to the CSO to fund ...

News source: Times Free Press

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