A very sad news…

… from Opera Lyra Ottawa:

Ottawa, November 15, 2011 – Opera Lyra Ottawa (OLO) announced today that, despite presenting two artistically acclaimed productions earlier this fall, it has cancelled the two remaining productions of its 2011-2012 season due to a lack of financial resources. The company said it is reorganizing its operations to emerge in a stronger financial position next season.
Opera Lyra will return for its 28th season with a main stage presentation of La Bohème in Sept. 2012, and La Traviata in concert in March 2013.
“Since the economic downturn in 2008, we have had three consecutive years of severe financial challenges and simply do not have the funds available for these two productions,” said Malcolm McCulloch, Chair of Opera Lyra’s Board of Directors. “Opera Lyra is acknowledged as one of Canada’s foremost opera companies, but our subscriptions, single- ticket sales and private sponsorships have nevertheless declined significantly.”
The cancelled productions are The Flying Dutchman in concert, scheduled for February 29, 2012, and Tosca, scheduled for March 31 and April, 2, 4 and 7, 2012. OLO is doing this now to be fair to the artists, production staff, and everyone affected by the decision.

It’s shameful that cultural life is dying in the Nation’s Capital because of lack of financial support. Ottawa Ballet, the short-lived professional ballet company of our city, died in 1994 because of the same reason. It’s about time to consider Ralph Vaughan Willams’ quote:

The art of music above all the arts is the expression of the soul of a nation.

I can’t understand the lack of caring! In my native city, Budapest, there are two opera houses (the Hungarian State Opera House & the Erkel Theatre) that play operas and ballets every day of the week.

Hungarian State Opera House

Erkel Theatre

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