San Diego Business Journal

San Diego Opera Reaches Settlement With Former Director

By Mike Allen Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ian Campbell and ex-wife Ann Spira Campbell have settled with the San Diego Opera on an undisclosed amount owed to them through 2017, the organization said.

Ian Campbell is the former artistic and general director of the opera. Ann Spira Campbell was a top administrator for the group.

Without revealing the amount to be paid, the opera said in a short statement, that “they have mutually resolved their differences arising out their former employment relationships.”

“Out of respect for each other’s privacy, no further comments about these resolutions will be made by any of the parties,” the statement said.

An opera spokesman said none of the funds paid to the Campbells are coming from any of the money raised in recent months to keep the opera afloat.

In March, Ian Campbell told the board of directors the group was near bankruptcy, and should close following the end of the 2014 season. The board agreed and voted to do so. Yet, the closure was opposed by many and after several weeks, a new board and new president Carol Lazier rescinded the decision.

It raised sufficient funds to commit to another season that begins in January.

According to the most recent tax forms released by the opera for 2011, Ian Campbell was paid about $508,000, and his ex-wife was paid about $282,000.