Sydney Opera House cuts $2 million in restructuring effort

Posted on: October 27, 2010

In Tuesday’s (10/26) Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Joyce Morgan writes, “Up to 20 jobs could go at the Sydney Opera House as the landmark building strives to save $2 million and reposition itself in a rapidly changing performing arts environment. The chief executive, Richard Evans, said without major changes the venue risked becoming an anachronism. The Opera House needed to find new ways to attract audiences and that did not necessarily mean just simply putting bums on seats, he said. … Technological change meant audiences were engaging with the Opera House remotely, through activities such as its online dance competition and performer interviews on its website, and the Opera House needed to build on this. … Mr. Evans said the jobs would be lost through targeted redundancies and natural attrition across the organisation within the next eight weeks. He declined to put a figure on the number of jobs that would go. But sources anticipate up to 20 positions. Mr. Evans informed staff of a management restructure yesterday including the internal appointment of Jonathan Bielski to the new position of executive producer of Sydney Opera House Presents.”

Posted October 27, 2010