Wednesday, March 01, 2017 12:49 AM


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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