We hear that Houston Grand Opera, ambitious and expansionist under David Gockley’s leadership, is cutting back to the bone. First to go is its internal recording program, in which all performances were recorded for broadcast, commercial and archive purposes.
Recording will end next month. HGO has informed WFMT in Chicago that they are not going to renew radio broadcasts for the fall season and beyond. There will be no historic record of future performances.
In an unrelated move, the local radio station recently laid off all its classical presenters.
Houston has a problem, a big one.