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Houston Grand Opera pulls off a balanced budget in hard art times

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The Houston Grand Opera's new production of The Barber of Seville sold at 96 percent of capacity. Photo by Felix Sanchez
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Two additional performances were added to La Traviata, which sold more than a half-million dollars in single tickets alone. Photo by Felix Sanchez
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The Clever Wife: A Chinese Folktale by Carol Warwick toured the area extensively this season. Courtesy of Houston Grand Opera
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In times of economic instability, slashed budgets and financial shortfalls are all too common. The fine arts are oftentimes the hardest hit, so it's refreshing to hear that some organizations provide consistent entertainment while meeting the bottom line. 

Such is the case with the Houston Grand Opera: After a successful season, HGO expects to end its fiscal year on July 31 with a balanced budget and more than $15 million raised for HGO's five-year comprehensive campaign. 

This marks the third consecutive year that the HGO Board's Annual General Meeting anticipated budget adherence. 

 Leech credited HGO's board, donors and supporters for the cycle of outstanding productions, which bring increased funds, which bring more outstanding productions. 

 "Artistic quality coupled with financial responsibility is unquestionably the way forward for Houston Grand Opera as we seek to grow the company in the future," Perryn Leech, HGO managing director, said in a statement.

Leech credits HGO's board, donors and supporters for a cycle of outstanding productions, which bring increased funds, which bring more outstanding productions. 

During the 2011-2012 season, HGO increased its subscriber base by 3.5 percent and enjoyed frequent sellouts during a six-title run that included Il Trovatore, La Traviata and Don Carlos.

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