Arts groups crash but they rarely burn. We see it all the time: a financial crisis, a plea for help and a comeback.
Not that it's easy, or that they don't get close to going up in smoke, like Opera Colorado did three years ago. The organization nearly halted operations midseason after it fell behind on fundraising.
Fast forward to 2015 and it's a different story. The company made some hard choices, cutting staff, programming safer titles than it might have liked, postponing the world premiere of "The Scarlet Letter" even though it already had banners up around town trumpeting the new work.
Back it has come, though in a slightly smaller form, and with a new attitude. The just-announced 2016-17 lineup returns the company to a three-opera season, up from the two it produced during its forced austerity years. The third offering will be smaller and contemporary and it will be staged outside of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
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