Why Do We Need
of balancing the books of opera companies are well recognized.
Quite simply the cost of putting on an opera with an orchestra,
sets, costumes, principals, production team all with significant
rehearsing make it virtually impossible to break even unless
we only mount the most popular of operas. However, as mentioned
elsewhere, one of our objectives is to be somewhat more adventurous
in the operas we mount but the consequence of this is lower box
office receipts and that means deficits unless we obtain additional
support. In the last ten years we have been fortunate to have
one consistent donor and in addition there was an unexpected
legacy - but we do need more.
Kentish Opera fulfils an
important role in the operatic life of this country by providing
a vital opportunity for young professional singers to gain experience
in performing major operatic roles. The production team has the
collective experience and expertise to ensure that every production
is of extremely high quality.
Thus Kentish Opera
is responsible for bringing consistently good productions to
the South East, while at the same time helping many young singers
to establish themselves with major professional companies. Local
businesses have the opportunity to associate themselves with
the success of these productions by means of sponsorship which,
with imagination, can take many forms. Sponsorship has the benefits
of considerable advertising in the short term and enhancement
of the sponsor's image over a much longer period, at the same
time contributing to the quality of the productions.
The cost of mounting
our production of Nabucco was around £60,000, and in spite
of tight budgeting this cannot be covered by income from ticket
sales alone, which have to be kept at reasonable levels. We would
be extremely reluctant to lower the high standard of opera presentation
which we have achieved, and therefore have urgent need of sponsorship.
Your interest and support would be greatly appreciated.