A message from Opera in the Ozarks for our patrons and supporters:
April 14, 2020
It is with great disappointment that I write to inform you that the 2020 season for Opera in the Ozarks has been postponed until the summer of 2021. After careful consideration and consultation with artists, staff, the governing board, and community stakeholders, we are forced to acknowledge that it would not be possible to produce our intimately scaled operas and other performances with the specter of COVID19 threatening.
The 2021 season will open June 25 and run through July 23. We will perform the repertoire originally selected for 2020 in 2021. We hope to have many of the same artists and staff join us at that time. And we hope our patrons and supporters will also share in our summer of music in 2021.
From our housing facilities to the necessity of close contact in a chorus, orchestra pit, on stage or in our audience, we cannot reasonably protect our people. One participant passing through an airport and getting inadvertently exposed could spread the virus among the entire company in a matter of days. We have considered a multitude of options to try to preserve the season, but in the end, we are forced to admit that it would not be responsible.
However, we will not be idle during our forced isolation. Maintenance work on our campus will continue throughout the summer when it can be done safely. We will be in better shape than ever in 2021! We are developing new programs in conjunction with community partners that will move us forward in our strategy to become a center for lifelong music learning. Some of our new programs will bring our alumni back to Northwest Arkansas which will give us a chance to enjoy their talents once again.
We had not yet opened the ticketing portals, so we have no refunds to process. However, not having our ticket and tuition income will cut about 2/3 of our annual revenue but not 2/3 of our annual expenses. While we are applying for CARES Act assistance, we expect an operating budget shortfall for this fiscal year. Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation to Opera in the Ozarks in the amount you would have spent for tickets? As the bulk of our staff are gig workers, we are hoping to join the nearly 200 other arts organizations across the country who are trying to support these hardworking artists by offering partial or full payment for contracted services. Many of these highly skilled artists have seen 100% of their income vaporize in the wake of COVID19. Designated scholarship and sponsorship monies will be applied to our next season.
While this situation is dispiriting, we invite you to recall what Opera in the Ozarks sings at every season closing night. “Climb Every Mountain” Is our unofficial anthem. I can tell you that it is exhilarating to stand on that stage with 40-some cast members and numerous alumni singing at full volume these inspirational words. We will get through this pandemic and we will share our music next summer.
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