After 67 seasons, the CT Opera is singin' the blues -- the latest victim of the drama that is the US economy. The president of the board tells the Hartford Courant sagging ticket sales and reduced corporate and private donations are the villans in their sad score. Ken Kahn of the Greater Hartford Arts Council says a cruel creschendo had been building for years, "they always might have been more prudent or conservative but the arts are about reaching for the stars and hoping against hope that things would work out."

 

     CT Opera says it is working with creditors to resolve its debt. Meanwhile, it's closed its Hartford office, laid off its 6 staffers and told 2,000 season subscribers their already purchased tickets will not be honored - and that's hitting a sour note with Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.


     He wants to know what made the opera close, whether it was economic trials, mismanagement or possibly some wrong-doing. Blumenthal says, "the opera house is a non-profit but it holds the same legal and moral obligations to its consumers, ticket holders and to contributors who gave good money for specific purposes."

 

    The Bushnell Theater, Hartford Symphony and Hartford Stage, and Theatreworks are offering to honor the opera tickets at select shows.