- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California lawmaker is adding her voice to the chorus trying to keep the fat lady singing at the San Diego Opera.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who represents the area’s 80th district, said Tuesday “it seems like the current leadership just gave up” when the opera’s board voted 33-1 last week to close after 49 years.

U-T San Diego (https://bit.ly/OYH832 ) reports Gonzalez is joining opera employees and fans in support of a petition being circulated on a website and Facebook page to keep the opera alive.

General Artistic Director and CEO Ian Campbell told the board the institution with its $15 million annual budget is so broke that closing is the only viable thing to do.

The company plans to close April 13 after its final few performances of “Don Quixote.”

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Information from: U-T San Diego, https://www.utsandiego.com

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