The Eugene Opera has successfully completed a campaign to restore its financial health and will reopen for the 2017-18 season, the opera announced Tuesday.
The opera had to cancel the last two shows of its 2016-17 season in January because of poor ticket sales and a budget gap of $200,000. After raising $60,000 from community donations that were matched by several major supporters, the Eugene Opera is ending its 2016-17 season debt-free with all bills paid.
In January, the opera reached out to the community to explain its financial crisis and ask for donations, feedback, comments and criticism to help it move forward.
“The community in Eugene and the Central Oregon area here just stepped up tremendously and responded to our outreach,” Barbara Wheatley, president of the board, told The Register-Guard on Tuesday. “What we found was that they really, enthusiastically wanted us to continue as an opera here in Eugene.”
Wheatley said there were well over 100 donations ranging from $5 to $25,000. They also have received 40 percent of the individual donations needed for next season, including a $20,000 challenge that will provide a one-for-one match, doubling gifts made between now and December for the 2017-18 season.
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