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New York City Opera To Leave Lincoln Center, Cut Staff

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March 18, 2011, file photo provided by the City Opera, David Lomelí performs as Nemorino during the final dress rehearsal of "The Elixir of Love." (credit: AP Photo/New York City Opera, Carol Rosegg, File)

March 18, 2011, file photo provided by the City Opera, David Lomelí performs as Nemorino during the final dress rehearsal of “The Elixir of Love.” (credit: AP Photo/New York City Opera, Carol Rosegg, File)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The board of the financially troubled New York City Opera voted to move out of its home at Lincoln Center, cut staff across the board and scale back its performance schedule as it fights for survival.

Friday’s move comes as the 68-year-old organization deals with a dwindling endowment, a multimillion-dollar deficit, and contentious negotiations with its union staff.

George Steel, the opera’s general manager and artistic director, said an announcement on a new home would be made in weeks. He said staff cuts would include administrative positions.

The New York City Opera is revered as a pillar of American culture that has delivered daring new productions and built the careers of such stars as Placido Domingo and Beverly Sills. It has been at Lincoln Center since 1966.

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