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New York City Opera filing for bankruptcy

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NEW YORK -- New York City Opera says the company will file for bankruptcy protection and wind down operations after failing to raise enough money to stage the rest of its season.

The company announced Sept. 12 that it needed $7 million by the end of September.

Spokeswoman Risa Heller said Tuesday that City Opera "did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal. Today, the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company, including initiating the chapter 11 process."

As of last Thursday the company, which began performances in 1944, said just $1.5 million had been pledged. It hoped to raise $1 million on Kickstarter.com but a total of $301,019 from 2,108 donors was pledged on the website.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 2, 2013 D2

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