Jim Ireland, the controversy-provoking former president and CEO of Orlando Opera, has died from complications of lung cancer. He was 69.
We wrote a lot about Ireland during his troubled tenure in Orlando: "The fat lady sings?," 6/19/2008; "No refunds," 6/25/2009; and an out-the-door mea culpa from Ms. Margot Knight in 2011 ("Exit stage Knight," 11/3/2011). After Orlando Opera folded in 2009, Ireland went on to serve as development director of the San Antonio Opera; that opera company declared bankruptcy in May of this year, blaming ticket-sales shortfall from a Placido Domingo concert.
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