With Gauteng Opera’s CEO, Marcus Desando leaving at the end of July, it was decided not to appoint a new CEO in his place immediately. The current Chief Operating Officer, Arnold Cloete will in the interim take on the duties of the CEO for the remainder of 2017.
Arnold Cloete has been with the company since 2000 and became Managing Director for Gauteng Opera (then called Black Tie Ensemble) in 2008, when founder, Neels Hansen, retired. When the company was renamed in 2013 and the position of CEO created, he decided to step into the position of COO, rather than CEO. This position is not unfamiliar territory for him and he is determined to carry this 17-years old company proudly forward until more permanent plans will be secured.
With this change, it is also confirmed that Phenye Modiane has been promoted to Artistic Director for the company. Being the artistic assistant since March 2017 for Gauteng Opera, it prepared him for this post and he is very happy and proud to work alongside Arnold Cloete and building on a solid foundation already laid.
Phenye joined Gauteng Opera in 2012 as a soloist for the company, performing in many of Gauteng Opera’s opera productions, concerts and corporate events. He is well known to the public and much loved as a performer. Recently he had a personal success with his role of Rodolfo for Puccini’s La Bohème, staged at the Joburg Theatre in Johannesburg and repeated at the Durban Playhouse. Phenye is a respected colleague and stepped into his role as artistic director with ease.
Gauteng Opera is an all-round performing arts and entertainment company focusing on opera related productions, concerts and events. With the slogan “Opera for Everyone”, Gauteng Opera aims to expose opera to varied audiences with different opera offerings. Driven by excellence in vocal performance and theatre, Gauteng Opera prides itself in being one of the foremost nurturers of experts and proponents for quality vocal performance and theatre practitioners.