Indianapolis Opera cancels March "Mikado"

February 11, 2010
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In a significant blow to the Indianapolis cultural calendar, the Indianapolis Opera announced just minutes ago that it's production of "The Mikado," scheduled for March 19 and 21, won't be happening this season.

"The decision was made in order to preserve the financial security of the company during the current troubled economy," the company stated in a press release. "The Mikado" was selected for the season based on a well-publicized vote by opera patrons and interested parties.

While other performing arts companies have tightened their seasons, this is the first major cancellation of a previously announced production. It cuts Indianapolis Opera's mainstage season down from three productions to two, both of which have already been staged this season. This effectively silences the 35-year-old company until at least the Fall, at least for fully staged productions.

Ticket holders can either attend a rescheduled performance next season, assign their ticket cost as a tax-deductible contribution, or request a refund, to be issued in April.

The public is being invited to attend sessions set up to ask questions and discuss Indianapolis Opera's challenges on Feb. 22 and 23 at the Basile Opera Center, 40th and Pennsylvania Streets.

Your thoughts?

  • Sad
    This is sad news. I was really looking forward to seeing this production. We really need to rally for all arts organizations. We are not of the water yet, by any means. I hope the best for Indy Opera.
  • Hard Decisions
    Being a Founding Director of the Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana and the Indiana Ballet Company, as well as the Ex- Executive Director for both, I know it is hard for arts organizations in this economy and here in Indiana to survive. I respect John and the rest of the people over at IO; I have never met a harder working group of people for Indy than those guys. I know this is killing them inside. It really is a sickening feeling for people of their caliber to have to postpone/cancel or stop doing anything for their patrons. They do live to perform after all. I know that even the Indiana Ballet Company flirted with canceling some of or all of â??From Shakespeare with Loveâ??. But, apparently canâ??t bring themselves to that, even at a loss if I hear right, I hope I am wrong there (buy tickets art patrons!). I give John Pickett and Alyona credit though; they push through and get things done. I think that is why they get along so well. They both feel Indy Arts is bigger than just their parts they have to play. My hat is to them both (and their boards) for making hard decision in these hard times. As hard as IO and IBC does work for Indy I have to say â??Indy support your arts so they donâ??t even think about not performing for you!â?? Both these guys are some of the best tickets in town. You canâ??t go to the movies with popcorn and a drink for these prices anymore, so why not get some live entertainment at a better price.
  • No Mikado
    We're season ticket holders and are disappointed yet hopeful that the Indianapolis Opera will indeed be able to put on their production of "Mikado" in the next fiscal year. Arts organizations are really suffering right now. Let's hope an upward swing in the economy will allow them to function at full strength again soon.
  • Not just tickets
    It's important to remember that supporting the arts involves more than ticket sales, which only cover a fraction of the cost of a major production like the Mikado. Individual and corporate giving is absolutely critical to the health of arts organizations. If Indy wants to keep the arts vibrant, it's going to take giving above and beyond the price of a ticket.

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