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It is with great joy that Gauteng Opera announces the continuation of the work that the company does. This comes in the wake of recent threat of closure due to financial difficulties which required us to either make a concerted effort to raise sufficient funds to ensure the continuation of our operations, or to call it a day.
Gauteng Opera wishes to thank Classic 1027 for their initiative to come on board and support Gauteng Opera with their drive, “Save Gauteng Opera”. Gauteng Opera also wishes to thank the public and corporate entities who so kindly and generously donated toward the cause. Their fundraising efforts generated almost R400 000 for us.
We are indeed saved, but not safe, and any further support will be welcomed and appreciated. The funds raised will ensure that the students in the Academy can continue with their studies and we can also support the Interns in the company for the time being. Unfortunately, Gauteng Opera has taken a hard knock and drastic measures have been taken to lower the monthly overheads.
We are also happy to announce that we will continue with planned dinner concerts at La Trinita Restaurant in Midrand, the next one being on 16 May. We will also present a Mother’s Day concert at the Market Shed @ 1Fox on Sunday 13 May. Booking details are on our website. We will endeavor to continue hosting concerts and events throughout the year to secure the sustainability of our operations and the training of Gauteng Opera’s artists.
Gauteng Opera will now endeavor to continue offering the Gauteng public enjoyable opera and classical music performances and to keep developing singers, technical experts and arts administrators for future generations.
We thank you for your interest and support and hope to see you soon at one of our events.
– Arnold Cloete, Gauteng Opera