PRESS RELEASE 8.19.18
OPERAWORKS™ TO END ALL PROGRAMMING
Company to suspend operations indefinitely.
(Los Angeles) — After more than 30 years of operation, the OperaWorks board of directors has voted to cease all programming, workshops and performances effective immediately. The move comes on the heels of the departure of OperaWorks' founder and artistic director Ann Baltz, who tendered her resignation last March, effective August 15.
In a statement released earlier today the board said that while they support Baltz’s departure to break out on her own, “…OperaWorks without Ann Baltz would not be OperaWorks. The board is currently evaluating options for the future. It is hard to imagine OperaWorks without the vision and administrative expertise of Ann Baltz, but we will continue to explore creative and educational possibilities.” One of those possibilities is the potential continuation of OperaWorks teacher certification training program.
OperaWorks was created to fill unmet industry needs in the training of young professional performers. Its revolutionary, holistic training programs have consistently attracted the highest level singers and faculty from around the world, resulting in thousands of alumni globally trained within the OperaWorks philosophy of openness, caring, creativity and non-judgment.
According to a list of FAQs released by the company, OperaWorks teaching cards will continue to be available through the OperaWorks website store and OperaWorks faculty may be engaged individually or in groups for master classes and workshops. Baltz will continue her schedule of residencies and workshops (information at www.annbaltz.com).
The OperaWorks office was closed as of August 15, 2018, but can still be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All ten international alumni chapters of OperaWorks remain active.
Although OperaWorks is ceasing all operations, its 501(c)3 non-profit status and trademark will remain active.