At the end of July 2017 Gauteng Opera will bid farewell to Gauteng Opera CEO Marcus Tebogo Desando who has been Chief Executive Officer for the company since 2013.
Marcus’s journey With Gauteng Opera led him to be instrumental in repositioning of the company (formerly Black Tie Ensemble) to the premier opera company in Gauteng. His commitment to youth development in the arts as administrators and performers has set him apart as one of the leaders who regards the future of the arts in this country in high esteem. Gauteng Opera is grateful for his leadership of the brand and we wish him great success with his new venture.
Artistically, Marcus started his career with PACT in 1989 as a singer and in 1994 moved to Cape Town Opera (CAPAB) where his career as a director and principal singer started. As a singer Marcus sang in over 75 operas, musical theatre productions and concerts in South Africa and abroad. He travelled the world singing and directing with New York Harlem Productions, Really Useful Company, Pieter Toerien Productions and Cape Town Opera.
Marcus has had the honour of being invited by University of Stellenbosch, Tshwane University of Technology, UCT: College of Music and UKZN OCSA (opera school) as a guest lecturer where he taught stage craft and also directed productions. His production of Rigoletto was recorded and televised by SABC 2. Marcus has already directed over 40 productions and he is currently directing his last production which will be Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème for Gauteng Opera as CEO.
Desando, who has been involved in the arts and culture sector since 1989, holds a Master in Management of Technology and Innovation from the Da Vinci Institute. He bids farewell to Gauteng Opera to start his new position as CEO of the Arts and Cultural trust (ACT) on 01 August 2017.
“I am very happy for him and wish him all the best in his new position and hope that this new adventure will support him in his fight for the Arts in South Africa.”