Gauteng Opera to close down after 18 years

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Gauteng Opera (previously known as Black Tie Ensemble) will close their doors on 31 March 2018, 18 years after the first performance in March 1999.

The Gauteng Opera Company in performance at Tin Town Theatre.
The Gauteng Opera Company in performance at Tin Town Theatre.On 3 March 1999 Neels Hansen and Mimi Coertse created the Black Tie Ensemble with a first performance for SAA. Gauteng Opera has, for the past 18 years, worked to offer the Gauteng public as much opera and classical music as possible.

In that time, we have 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.

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Due to the prevailing socio-economic 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. Short of a miracle we will not be able, in good conscience, and indeed within our requirements, to 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 organization 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.

Tickets are R150 per person and all bookings can be done directly through the office on 011 067 8000 / arnold@gautengopera.org

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