The money’s run out at Teatro Real, so three performances of Mozart’s opera in June and July next year, conducted by Simon Rattle, have been replaced by Beethoven’s ninth. The house will save 800,000 Euros, on singers and staging.
Does Madrid need another Beethoven ninth in midsummer? Hmmm… ‘Rattle did everything he could to help,‘ said Gerard Mortier, enigmatically.
This will not be the last of Real’s cancellations, after a 33 percent subsidy cut.