SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Opera has dropped plans for its summer seasons through 1989 because of a lack of support.
General Director Terence A. McEwen said Tuesday the opera has sustained deficits of over $1 million during five of the six summer series. (Last year, the company averaged 64% capacity through 26 performances.) The summer season also seemed to lead to a slump in fall ticket sales and attendance, he said.
"There has not been an enthusiastic reaction of the public to the summer season," said McEwen. "Since the summer seasons began, our fall season attendance started to recede."
McEwen said that if the summer season were sold out, "I'd fight to the death to keep it going."
The decision was made by the opera's executive committee which faced a deadline for printing announcements for the 1987 summer season. "We had to make a decision, yes or no," he said, declining to give details on repertory or artists. Still scheduled for June and July is the touring Houston Grand Opera production of "Porgy and Bess."