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Board Of Troubled New York City Opera Meets To Discuss Future

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Lauren Worsham and Daniel Reichard (credit: Carol Rosegg/New York City Opera)

Lauren Worsham and Daniel Reichard (credit: Carol Rosegg/New York City Opera)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City Opera spokeswoman says board members have extended their discussions about the company’s future into Thursday evening.

The spokeswoman said no announcements are expected before Friday.

The opera, which built daring new productions and the careers of Placido Domingo and Beverly Sills, is fighting for its life.

The board chairman has contributed $2.5 million toward plugging a deficit twice that much.

A union leader said singers and production staff are threatening to “strike and drive City Opera out of existence” if working hours and benefits are cut.

The opera spokeswoman said the company is “focused on moving forward with a balanced budget” to ensure it continues to thrive.

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