Nevill Holt Opera, Facing Financial Headwinds, Reconsiders 2023 Festival Program

By Chris Ruel

England’s Nevill Holt Opera has announced that due to financial headwinds in the arts sector, it has reconsidered its festival program. This, the same day Artistic Director Nicholas Chalmers announced his resignation.

The company stated on Twitter, “Due to the extremely challenging circumstances facing arts institutions across the country Nevill Holt Opera has today announced that it has had to review its 2023 festival programme.”

In a series of tweets, the company laid out its immediate future, as well as its rationale.

Two operas, “La Cenerentola” and “War Horse,” will go ahead as planned, while “Pagliacci” and “Gianni Schicchi” have been cut.

Ticket sales are way down because of inflation, stymying family attendance, and the company has yet to fully recover from the pandemic.

“The whole sector is facing significant financial challenges and having to make difficult decisions, but we are confident that by taking this approach now the Nevill Holt Festival will return even stronger next year and in years to come,” the company tweeted.