In the Wild West (at least the way I’ve seen it in movies), a new sheriff saunters into town and whips everything into shape with a raised eyebrow and a zero-tolerance-for-crap attitude.
With all the drama surrounding the San Diego Opera, there are hopes its new sheriff – or rather, board president – will pull a John Wayne and get the institution back on track.
Carol Lazier joined the opera’s board last summer. After a reportedly heated board meeting that led 13 members, including then-president Karen Cohn, to resign from the board, Lazier stepped up became acting president. I can see the tumbleweeds and shiny sheriff badge shining in the sun now.
Lazier has been a major figure in the local arts and culture scene, U-T San Diego reports, donating millions to various institutions over the years. After the board initially voted to put the San Diego Opera to bed, Lazier and her husband/fellow board member Jay Merritt immediately regretted the decision. They got to work saving the 49-year-old institution, pledging a cool million just a couple weeks ago. They’ve also flown to cities across the county to meet with organizations that might have a better solution to keep the opera going.
So it seems like they aren’t afraid to kick down the saloon doors. The closure of the opera has been postponed to May 19, unless there is yet another push to the deadline. Here’s hoping Lazier and Merritt get the job done. Miss Kitty would surely appreciate it.
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