SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Opera has placed its longtime general and artistic director Ian Campbell on paid leave after a three-decade tenure that has been rocked in recent weeks by public and internal criticism over his role in the decision to close the company.
The opera said in a news release Friday that Campbell and his ex-wife, Ann Spira-Campbell, who is a high-ranking administrator in the company, have both been placed on leave. A company spokesman said in an interview that the Campbells will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations of the organization, but they are still being paid and are technically still part of the company.
Friday's announcement comes a week after an exodus of 13 company board members, including president Karen Cohn. The opera's board has been divided over the March decision to close, with a contingent of members working to raise money to save the company.
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