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City Opera Will Return to BAM Next Season

2012-2013 performances will be split between BAM and City Center

The City Opera has announced plans to split the 2012-2013 season between BAM and New York City Center.

The Opera, which moved out of its longtime home at Lincoln Center in 2010, staged several performances at BAM earlier this year.

"BAM is thrilled to enter a multi-year alliance with New York City Opera," BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins told Patch in a statement. "Their productions earlier this year were a great addition to our programming roster and exciting for our respective audiences. On behalf of my partner, Executive Producer Joseph Melillo, and myself, we welcome City Opera for three more years of artistic innovation."

Supporters of the City Opera hope that this new partnership will bring stability to a company that has not staged a full season of performances since 2007-08. The company missed the entire 08-09 season due to renovations in at Lincoln Center, then saw its newly hired general manager Gerard Mortier quit before staging a single performance.

To make matters worse, financial difficulties forced the opera to leave Lincoln Center, its home since 1966.

There are signs, however, that the City Opera is on the road to recovery. New General Manager George Steel has balanced the company's budget for the first time in 13 years. He told the Associated Press that he expects all of next season's performances to sell out, aided by a donor who is underwriting $25 tickets.

Performances at BAM will include new stagings of Thomas Ades' "Powder Her Face" (Feb. 15-23) and Benjamin Britten's "The Turn of the Screw" (Feb. 24-March 2).

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