Due to the economic crisis, The Opera Orchestra of New York has canceled the balance of its 38th season, including a concert with Ferruccio Furlanetto that was scheduled for February 27 at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY. All ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase.

“To say that I regret this situation is to put it very mildly,” said Eve Queler, founder and music director of The Opera Orchestra of New York, in a statement. “However, I am encouraged by the dedication of our Board of Directors, staff and artists to help us get through this difficult time. I will continue working with our singers and am planning number of fundraising events as well as preparations for next season’s concerts.”

Although the rest of the season is canceled, some of the productions have been postponed, which occasionally occurs in the classical world. The Opera Orchestra has rescheduled its final two operas: Wagner’s “Rienzi” will be performed during the 2009-2010 season and Cherubini’s “Medea” will open Opera Orchestra’s 40th anniversary season in 2010-2011.

The 2009-2010 season will open with a Vidda Award Recital with the date and artist to be announced; Aprile Millo will perform a benefit recital to commemorate the 25th anniversary of her debut with Opera Orchestra; the season continues with Rienzi and closes with Meyerbeer’s “L’Africaine.”