The Nonprofiteer has been waiting for somebody to say this: that the New York City Opera failure is, first and foremost, a failure of its Board of Directors. Hiring a new General Manager at the eleventh hour and expecting him to somehow pull a multi-million dollar rabbit out of his hat [or ass] ranks right at the top of anyone's list of Stupid Board Tricks.
We should have known the Board was not on the job as soon as the opera announced its decision to save money by moving out of Lincoln Center. When an agency cuts an essential component of its services--in this case, a popular, well-established and centrally-located performance space--to save money, that means the Board is not living up to its task of raising money for those selfsame essential services. But one could at least hope the Board would wake up before the entire organization followed the permanent home into oblivion.
Who says there's no rest for the wicked? The Board of the New York City Opera apparently spent most of its time resting, though a group which allows on its watch the dissolution of a 70-year-old civic jewel is wicked indeed.
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