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Ex-San Diego Opera Chief Didn't Stand To Gain Financially If Company Closed

I'm waiting to see what the State Attourney General's office has to say after the audit. But whatever they say, the fact remains that Campbell bilked the Opera Association, FAILED to advance opera in this city, FAILED to educate the young audience, and got paid FAR more than was commensurate for maintaining the status quo, which was insufficient to begin with. Even if it costs money to finally rid our city of him, it is worth it to save the company for his self-centered destructive intentions. More dignified MY ASS. More covered up, that's all.

May 22, 2014 at 2:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State Attorney General Investigating San Diego Opera

I agree with you so whole-heartedly, Peking_Duck_SD. That self-serving piece of Kangaroo Dung, Campbell, has had San Diego by the throat for THIRTY YEARS, and he really thought he was not only going to walk right out of town, but throw us to the ground as he left. I hope this audit hoists him by his own petard. And rebeccarossa, I TOO can't wait to see the results. The more criminality that is exposed by this, the better our opera will ultimately look, having shaken off this marauder. Finally, the opera is OURS again.

May 21, 2014 at 1:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Opera Association Votes Not To Sell Company's Assets

May I suggest that the San Diego Opera Chorus get themselves together and put on a fundraising concert...somewhere? Doesn't have to be in the Civic. They've only done it once (I was a part of it), in about 1986, in support of AIDS Research. The concert was put on in the Spreckels Theater, but was never followed up - not part of Ian's unimaginative program of un-development. SInce there is absolutely NOTHING on the operatic horizon until January at the earliest, the WHOLE AUTUMN is open for such an event. I'd be happy to help.

April 28, 2014 at 3:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Opera Chief Placed On Leave

“We have an amazing opera to fight for because of what Ian Campbell built,"

Yes, we have an amazing opera to fight for, but it wasn't Ian Campbell that built it. In fact, what we are losing is exactly the same structure we had when he took over thirty years ago. There has been NO growth, a decrease in educational outreach, NO imaginative variation in programming, and little real connection with the community. It's still a four opera season, with voices of lesser quality than his predecessor was able to bring to the table. The only thing that Ian Campbell has built in San Diego is his bank account balance. It's time for San Diego Opera to stop treading water, and start swimming. We've done it before, reaching an eight opera season - I would know, since I sang in all eight of them, including Ferrucio Furlanetto's debut in "Oberto," and Joan Sutherland singing "I Masnadieri." Every performance was a sell-out. In order to get your big-boy opera-pants on now, we've got to use all of our San Diego theatres and venues to present operas of all different sizes and genres, and we need to better utilize our stock of San Diego singers. After so many years of importing opera, we need to build from within. Our singing community has grown up - some of us have grown old while growing up here. It's time to put it to work for San Diego audiences.

April 25, 2014 at 3:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SD City Council Votes Down Recommended Salary Increase

AND DO THEY DESERVE EVEN WHAT THEY GET? I THINK NOT!! This is outrageous. Poor babies, do they know what most of the families in their so-called city would do for the $75K that they just can't make ends meet on?!?! The City can't even trim the palm trees on Honeycutt St., and they're doubling their salaries. This is repellent!!

March 5, 2012 at 1:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )