The Operators’ Association (OAS) has warned that the future of Australia’s opera houses is in the balance as the state prepares to shut down.
The OAS, the national trade body for opera houses, has warned the closure of Opera House Victoria, which operates around Victoria’s north-west, would be devastating for the industry.OAS President Dr Kevin Trennan said a number of operators were concerned about the fate of their businesses and hoped to have some clarity by the end of the year.
“What we’re finding right now is that most operators are just really not very comfortable,” Dr Trenneans boss of operations, Mark Hutton, told ABC Radio Melbourne’s The Edge.
“We’ve got to get it done in a timely fashion.””
Mr Hutton said he had not been in touch with Opera House’s owners but had spoken to representatives of other operators.””
We’ve got to get it done in a timely fashion.”
Mr Hutton said he had not been in touch with Opera House’s owners but had spoken to representatives of other operators.
“I know that the operator is very much on board with the plan to move the operations of Opera to the new facility, which they will do in the spring, and I think that will hopefully allow us to get the closure as quickly as we can.”
He said it was important to note that most of the operators were not going to be shutting down.
“It’s not like we’re the ones that have to close down because the business is dying,” he said.
“We’re the only ones that are going to lose the business.”
Operators, the operators who are not going, will be able to keep operating.
“The operators who will be closed will have to have to come back in, they’ll be able do what they can to keep the business alive.”
Mr Trenneso said some operators were “in shock” and could not comprehend the financial implications of shutting down their businesses.
“This is not just a financial crisis, it’s a cultural and economic crisis,” he told the ABC.
“When you have a business that’s dying, the fact that you can’t survive in the long-term, it is a pretty big blow.”
Operators and the public could face a host of challenges in the years to come, with a number in the industry facing the prospect of closing down, including The Royal Opera House in Melbourne, which was closed in 2016.
Mr Hensley said he was “somewhat pessimistic” about the outcome of the Victoria government’s bid to save the business from closure.
“If we can’t get the government to agree to do the right thing, and they’ve been told by the government that they can’t do the job, I think we’ll be very disappointed,” he warned.
“There will be no opera houses going into the future.”