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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Opera Hamilton Announces 2008-2009 Season


Hamilton ON, June 10 2008 - With great strides forward and the unwavering support of the community, Opera Hamilton continues its legacy. Last September, Opera Hamilton made a very difficult but necessary decision to suspend its main stage productions, focus attention on the elimination of a debilitating accumulated deficit and the establishment of a solid financial base which would allow the opera company to move forward in a stable and sustainable manner.

The Hamilton community - audience, contributors, business and artistic partners, corporations, foundations and all levels of government - along with an unwavering board of directors and staff, came together to meet this daunting challenge. "Our trustees and funding partners were adamant that we would not move forward unless the deficit was eliminated, a significant financial base was guaranteed and a solid business plan for the future developed. Those objectives have now been met," said Speers. "We are moving forward with confidence and great anticipation."

Our season will open with performances of Mozart's The Magic Flute on October 30 and November 1, 2008, continue with Popera on January 29 and 31, 2009, and conclude with Puccini's Madama Butterfly on April 2 and 3, 2009. Our Great Singers Recital series continues with international superstar (and Burlington native) Adrianne Pieczonka along with guest soprano Lauren Tucker. This is a "non-subscription" event and Opera Hamilton subscribers have first access to seats through their season renewal. Single tickets will go on sale in the fall.

It has been a year of incredible effort, dedication and sacrifice on the part of many individuals and organizations. Opera Hamilton is extremely grateful that the result of these endeavors has been a happy and successful one. Words alone cannot express the appreciation felt at Opera Hamilton for the community's generosity, patience and understanding over the past 10 months.

Opera Hamilton's legacy of artistic excellence, the promotion of emerging and established Canadian artists, and an increased dedication to community education and outreach will continue.
Opera Hamilton is thrilled to share with you, once again, the adventure of wonderful music and theater at the Opera this fall.

Opera Hamilton is a registered charitable organization, providing approximately $2.5 million in annual revenue for the Hamilton area. A major lessee at Hamilton Place and contractor with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Hamilton is a vital component of the local arts community. The company attracts approximately 16,500 patrons annually to the downtown core of Hamilton.

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