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Thomas Quasthoff breaks his silence

Three months after his enforced retirement at 52, the sonorous bass-baritone has spoken out in Der Spiegel against a book by four policy wonks urging a reduction of cultural subsidies – and against the creeping incursion of crap talent contests into German television culture.

Tommy lashes out at the closure of regional theatres and at the so-called Classical Echo award. Great to have him back, fighting fit.

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  1. Alberto Martinez says:

    is it a coincidence that all over European countries are cutting cultural subsidies ? Hope that more strong voices like Thomas will raise the issue of closing theatres and many other subjects . It is surely needed.

  2. Bob Burns says:

    What a sad thing it is for nations’ support for the arts to take the first hit in trying economic times.

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