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San Diego Opera receives million-dollar gift

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Opera has received a $1 million gift from a board member that is intended to assist the the company in developing a new business model, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The money was given "to encourage us to rescind the dissolution vote as soon as possible," board member Carol Lazier said in a release sent by the company April 4.

The opera had announced in March that it would close just prior to its 50th anniversary due to declining ticket sales and challenges in fundraising. The announcement prompted a strong response from the artistic community, and March 31 it voted to postpone the closure for two weeks.

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