How the Germans treasure their opera – Slipped disc
From an intensive report in the Christian Science Monitor:
… About a third of all opera performances in the world take place here, and Germany has cultivated a society where children are educated in music theory and adults generally budget for opera subscriptions.
“Berlin is a city where I got in taxis and said, ‘Take me to Deutsche Oper’, and the driver starts a chat about ‘Don Giovanni’,” says Mr Carico, a freelance writer who was previously employee of the Prime Minister of Berlin. opera company. “Music is integrated into society here in a way that I have never experienced in America.”…
Almost every mid-sized German city has an opera house, which has offered fans an enviable set of statistics. Germany is home to 1 in 7 opera houses in the world and nearly 4 million people assisted the opera during the 2018-19 season….
“The state funded us because of this situation,” says Theiler. “We are not in danger of going bankrupt, as there is a vested interest in keeping us afloat and running, so that we can be here as soon as we are allowed to reopen.
More than a year after the start of the pandemic, the Saxony State Opera has not let anyone go, keeping around 800 musicians, singers, dancers, administrators and other workers, including the tailor of the house. Freelancers under contract were also paid.
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