Aquarius and the Singers of the Stars, the world’s oldest opera company, have closed their doors.
The company, which had been operating under the name Aquarius Opera, was a joint venture between the San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Tokyo Opera, which is owned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The organization was formed in 1774 and had performed more than 5,000 operas.
But it was only in 2016 that Aquarius announced it was ceasing operations.
The announcement was made in a statement to The San Francisco Chronicle.
The statement read: “We are very sorry for the unfortunate and unfortunate timing that has caused us to close our doors to the public for the past four years.
This was not a decision made lightly, but it was unavoidable given our current financial situation.”
The statement also addressed the closure of the San Jose Opera, whose CEO told the San Mateo County Register the company had to close due to the rising costs of operating in China.
Aquarius’ closure came after the San Diego Opera announced it would cease its opera services.
The San Diego opera had been run by the San Fernando Valley Opera since 1984 and the San Bernardino Opera since 2010.
The group had been looking to merge with another company, but the San Antonio Opera is currently owned by a different company.
“We have been in business for more than 30 years and we have always operated on the principle of being independent, and we are very grateful to the San Joaquin Valley Opera and the Santa Clara Opera for their support during this difficult time,” the statement said.
The closure of Aquarius comes at a time when opera attendance in the U.S. is decreasing.
According to a 2016 study by the American Opera & Performing Arts Association, opera attendance declined by 1.2 percent between 2008 and 2016.
to the APA, attendance in 2016 was just 5.4 percent higher than in 2015, and this trend will continue to drop in coming years.
The APA also said opera attendance will drop by 0.5 percent each year from 2020 through 2023.
“The continued decline in opera attendance is due to a number of factors, including the increasing number of opera companies, the increased costs of opera, the rise in ticket prices, and increased competition from other forms of entertainment, including digital platforms,” the APAs study stated.