“Beyond the word that some major San Francisco Opera officials such as the directors of communications and development will be laid off at the end of March, the even more weighty news … is that their positions and others will be abolished and four open positions will not be filled,” writes Janos Gereben in Thursday’s (3/7) San Francisco Classical Voice. “Director of Communications and Public Affairs Jon Finck, with 16 years in the SFO administration, and Director of Development Andrew Morgan are among those laid off by General Director Matthew Shilvock… The actions … are expected to save about $5 million a year…. Fiscal Year 2016 had an operating … deficit of $500,000; the following year expenses were reduced to $75.6 million, but income fell to $74.9, so the deficit for that year increased to $700,000. For the past two years, withdrawals from the endowment reached 9 percent: Shilvock said that trend cannot continue.” Other layoff/position-eliminations include “General Director’s Associate … Director of Donor Stewardship … Senior Manager Electronic Media … and the Annual Giving Assistant Manager…. Four currently open positions will not be filled, including that of Publications Editor, recently vacated by Matthew Erikson, who is now with the Boston Symphony.”

Posted March 11, 2019