Merger Hasn’t Solved Opera’s Problems In Cleveland

“The news last week that Leon Major will step down as artistic director of Opera Cleveland after the 2007 inaugural season sends what might be construed as distress signals. The new company, which merges Cleveland Opera and Lyric Opera Cleveland, has yet to raise a single curtain – its debut production is Richard Strauss’ Salome in April – and already we’re witness to a series of backstage minidramas. Are we really surprised?”