Cape Town – Gauteng Opera will be shutting down at the end of March because it has not been able to raise enough funds to cover all of its operational duties.
The Board and Management made the announcement on Monday and Channel24 spoke to the organisation's Arnold Cloete who confirmed the news on Tuesday.
SEE THE FULL STATEMENT HERE:
"Gauteng Opera has for the past 19 years worked to offer the Gauteng public as much opera and classical music as possible and in that time, we have also developed and trained over 150 singers, technical experts and arts administrators. We have managed to offer opera of the highest possible standard while investing in young talent.
Due to the prevailing socioeconomic environment, it has proven very difficult for Gauteng Opera to raise enough funds to cover all its operational needs. So, it is with a heavy heart that the board of Gauteng Opera has resolved to shut down the company and cease all operations by 31 March 2018.
This has been an agonizing decision, and the Board and Management of Gauteng Opera considered all available options, and short of a miracle we will not be able, in good conscience, and indeed within our requirements, carry on and risk putting the company and all its stakeholders knowingly in peril.
The Board and Management of Gauteng Opera will over the coming weeks do our best to make sure we care for the many people who have made this organisation what it has been.
We encourage all patrons, supporters and stakeholders to attend our last performance of Sacred Songs at the Tin Town Theatre on Sunday, 18 March 2018 at 15:00. All proceeds and donations will go to ensure a last salary for the artists and staff of Gauteng Opera."
Twitter users have started a hashtag for organisation called: #SaveGautengOpera.
See some of those tweets here:
I am currently employed here and this happened and this might just be my last performance for the company!— ?? (@Yallunder) March 5, 2018
Why now???????? @GautengOpera #SaveGautengOpera
Sir! PLEASE INTERVENE @NathiMthethwaSA pic.twitter.com/bdvokVPVEp
Help. Devastated by the announcement of director Phenye Modiane that Gauteng Opera will be closing due to finacial crisis. Please retweet, share your messages and help get attention of Min @NathiMthethwaSA, Government and donors to help #SaveGautengOpera! pic.twitter.com/foBz2Iq8lr— Ulrich J van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) March 5, 2018