City Opera opens its season Tuesday night with the US premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera Anna Nicole at BAM, followed by three more productions in the winter and spring.
Patricia Illingworth, editor of Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy, questioned City Opera’s managerial history and said it must assure donors that their money will be used responsibly. “Crowdfunding is a great idea,” she said. “But there really are no guarantees here. There’s no quality control. The worst thing from an ethical point of view is a waste of money.”
City Opera has not said how it will proceed if the $7 million goal isn’t met by Sept. 30, whether it will present a partial season or look to next year.