By Matt ApuzzoAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – The iconic opera company of Boston’s St. John’s has been forced to pull a major production from the National Opera stage in the wake of a new federal mandate to provide funding for opera productions.
A letter from the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to the company on Wednesday said the production of “The Wedding of Alphonse d’Urfe” will be canceled by the end of 2019, citing a change in the federal government’s foreign currency policy.
The company has not announced any plans to cancel production.
It is the latest in a series of dramatic shifts in opera funding that are a response to President Donald Trump’s immigration and border security orders, which prompted the departure of the Boston Opera, one of the largest opera companies in the country.
The Treasury letter cited changes in the U.S. Treasury Department’s “Foreign Currency Policies and Practices Act of 2010” and the Foreign Currency Regulatory Enforcement Program as the reason for the move.
The letter said that, because the Federal Government no longer considers operas to be “foreign currency,” they do not need to be provided with additional funds.
The production of the opera was scheduled to be at the Opera House, which was located in Boston, on the grounds of the U, the Treasury letter said.
The opera company said it was aware of the move and will be reviewing its options, and that it is confident that it can continue to fulfill the mission of hosting the opera.
“The company will not be able to continue with the production at this time,” said Lisa J. Sacco, a spokeswoman for the company.