As representatives of Hamilton’s remaining anchor arts institutions, we wish to express our sadness at the necessity of Opera Hamilton’s decision to close.
Opera Hamilton has a long, proud history of creating exciting work in a challenging art form, and was making strides in erasing financial burdens from seasons past. In the end, those successes were not enough to meet their operational needs, and we feel their loss as a partner organization and as a contributor to the city’s cultural landscape.
Art has the power to transform lives and shape communities. An organization with the history and talent of Opera Hamilton provides a tremendous boon to the quality of life in our city.
As city council and staff have recognized, with the passage of the forward-thinking cultural plan, landmark cultural institutions create jobs and provide business for suppliers and services. By drawing audiences from throughout the region, our organizations benefit restaurants, shops, parking and beyond.
These are challenging times for arts institutions of all sizes, and no company is truly “too big to fail.” A great artistic and commercial success may keep the books balanced for a time, but the market is fickle, and a loss in one season may be keenly felt for many years.
To the dedicated staff, artists, donors and patrons of Opera Hamilton, we extend our condolences and our best wishes for future endeavours.
Louise Dompierre, president and CEO, Art Gallery of Hamilton; Boris Brott, artistic director, Brott Music Festival; Carol Kehoe, executive director, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra; Lorna Zaremba, general manager, Theatre Aquarius