Syracuse Opera Cancels Season & Furloughs Workers

By Francisco Salazar

Syracuse Opera has canceled the remainder of its 2023-24 season and is furloughing its staff.

In a statement, Syracuse Opera board chair Camille Tisdel said ticket sales were down 40-60 percent from where they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.

She added, “While our recent productions have been artistically excellent and impactful, like many opera companies across the country, ticket sales have been considerably lower than projected, and we do not have the financial ability to continue the season. Additionally, given the economic climate and uncertainty in our world, grant support, sponsorship, and donations are all in jeopardy with no real promise of a return to pre-pandemic giving levels.”

The season opened with “I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams” at the Redhouse Arts Center. The company was set to present “All is Calm,” The Fantasticks,” and “The Barber of Seville,” but all are now canceled.

The company added that it will furlough its one full-time and four part-time employees.