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Michael Capasso, General Director of the Dicapo Opera Theatre has announced that Dicapo will be going on hiatus for a period of six months,” states a press release from the company’s publicist.

The press release continues:

The impetus for the break is the postponement of “The Letter,” an opera noir based on the classic Somerset Maugham story by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Paul Moravec and libretto by noted critic-playwright-biographer Terry Teachout, slated to open this coming February. Work on the revision was severely delayed by Hurricane Sandy so as to ensure that this New York premiere will have sufficient preparation and rehearsal time, Mr. Moravec, Mr. Teachout, and Dicapo Opera Theatre have jointly decided to reschedule the company’s production till the beginning of the 2013-2014 season.

6 comments

  • 1
    Percicaticus says:

    As always, there is much more to this story than meets the eye. As with all publicists,
    first create a diversion and redirect people’s attention to something much less sinister than the real facts and hope they don’t dig further. Luckily, this forum will not allow that.

  • 2
    whatever says:

    I’m confused … “The Letter” was not the only production scheduled for this Spring.

    I $u$pect we all under$tand the real impetu$ behind thi$ $ad turn of event$.

    I kind of hope it works out for them … I know the intendant’s not highly regarded by many around here, but NYC needs every small opera company it can get.

  • 3
    Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    I’m just guessing that the new OperaAmerica facility with audition studios has not helped the cash flow for DiCapo, which was a popular rental for such things.

  • 4
    isoldit says:

    maybe their business dealings finally caught up with them. remember the gala they announced several years ago with Armiliato, Franca Patane, Daniela Dessi and Aprile Millo, Millo had never even been signed. they ended up replacing all the stars except Armiliato with their own local singers. It was a complete act of fraud they perpetrated on the public that even made the NYTimes.