“Although many arts groups are singing the blues, two New Jersey organizations are trying a new duet,” writes Peggy McGlone in Monday’s (2/16) Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey). “Opera New Jersey and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will collaborate on three productions this July in Princeton and a ‘Carmen’ at three venues around the state next February. The deal, to be announced early this week, represents the cutting edge of a trend in the nonprofit arts industry. Facing hard times, arts organizations are learning they must share if they want to grow. … The two organizations share a common mission but are different in size and history.” The opera will hire the NJSO for three productions this summer. “Next winter, the partnership deepens as both organizations and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark co-produce Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ in Newark, New Brunswick and Princeton. In past years, the opera has hired professional musicians for its orchestra on an as-needed basis. The NJSO represents a cohesive group of musicians who have developed a distinctive sound through years of performing together. The effort allows both organizations to extend their seasons, reach new audiences and improve their artistic product.”