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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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Larry Bomback, Director of Finance and Operations, OPERA America
In response to member requests for more data assessment, OPERA America has embarked on a series of brief analyses derived from the Professional Opera Survey that companies complete each year.

The Surveys reveal that while total budgets among a constant sample group of U.S. Companies rose by 47% since the start of the new millennium, expenses allocated to support staff responsible for revenue generation have increased even faster. Marketing personnel costs have risen 82% since FY2000, and development personnel costs have risen 70% over that same time. (Looking at only the percentage gains does not tell the whole story, since technical and production personnel costs increase in one year the amount that marketing personnel costs rise over a decade.)
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OPERA America represents the interests of the opera community before Congress, the White House and federal agencies. As a founding member of the Performing Arts Alliance, OPERA America works with the performing arts field to advocate for the development of national policies that recognize and strengthen the contributions that the arts make to America.

For more information on OPERA America’s advocacy activities, please contact OPERA America’s Government Affairs Office at 202-375-7523.
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Robyn Guilliams, FTM Arts Law attorney, Larry Bomback, Director of Finance, OPERA America, Amy Fitterer, Director of Government Affairs, OPERA America
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Metropolitan Opera Leader Warns of Lockout
By Jennifer MaloneyThe Wall Street JournalWednesday, July 23, 2014
The Metropolitan Opera's general manager said Wednesday that the company would likely lock out its union workers starting Aug. 1, and advised employees to prepare for a work stoppage.
Opera's Old-Fashioned Race Problem
By Gwynn GuilfordThe Atlantic Wednesday, July 23, 2014
For the last two weekends, 38 white amateur performers in Seattle cinched up their obis and daubed on facepaint to perform The Mikado—standard fare for an operetta set on the fictional Japanese island Titipu where characters are given ridiculous names like Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum.
Revenue, labor woes have Met Opera singing the blues
By Theresa AgovinoCrain's New YorkWednesday, July 23, 2014
Those numbers, and the Met's deficit, are among some of the hard realities facing the company as it attempts to renegotiate contracts with its 15 unions. Many observers think a strike or lockout will occur, which could further damage the Met's shaky finances.
What's the difference between an opera and a musical?
By Tim WongThe TelegraphWednesday, July 23, 2014
The line between operas and musicals is blurring. Earlier this month the English National Opera announced that the company will team up with Michael Grade and Michael Linnit to stage musicals – on top of their regular programme of operas. Aside from making full use of the Coliseum round the year, ENO is hoping that musicals will form part of an "audience development programme", nurturing opera goers of the future.

The changing landscape of audiences
By Shoshana FanizzaAudience Development SpecialistsWednesday, July 23, 2014
“The simple answer is San Jose’s population changed a lot in three decades and the Rep changed very little.”
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