Opera Carolina Cuts Executive Director

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Carolina has laid off the executive director it hired 18 months ago due to budgetary issues.

In a statement to supporters for the Charlotte Observer , the company noted Beth Hansen’s role was cut “as a result of a harsh economic climate for the arts and a possible reduction in fiscal year 2021 support from the Arts & Science Council.”

During the November elections, county voters rejected a referendum that would have increased the sales tax to inject $22.5 million annually into the local arts and culture sector, as well as provide funding for parks and other interests.

As a result of the rejection, arts and cultural organization are facing big cuts.

Opera Carolina continues its 2019-20 season with Tappin’s “I Dream” in April. The organization is set to announced its 2020-21 season later this month.