Backstage turnover at Sarasota Ballet

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) – The Sarasota Ballet may be reaching unprecedented levels of artistic recognition under the leadership of a former general manager of the famed Metropolitan Opera in New York, but backstage there’s turnover.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Saturday that eight staffers have left the organization’s small staff since February.

Some people were terminated and others resigned.

The newspaper reports the high turnover has some supporters wondering about the cohesion of the artistic organization.

Joseph Volpe, the ballet’s interim executive director, says the staff turnover is typical of leadership changes.

Volpe got his new job in February after managing director Mary Anne Servian was terminated.

Volpe, who previously was a board member at the ballet, also once was general manager of the famed Metropolitan Opera in New York. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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