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Just in: Madrid cancels Berlin Philharmonic ‘Magic Flute’

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out at Teatro Real, so three performances of Mozart’s opera in June and July next year, conducted by Simon Rattle, have been replaced by Beethoven’s ninth.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.

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Comments

  1. Unless it had a ‘dream cast’, I wouldn’t cross the road for LvB’s 9th! This is very sad news – and a clear indicator of the financial troubles besetting Spain.

  2. Time for Mr Mortier to move on? Oh look, a vacancy has arisen in London…

  3. Uh oh Peter, please do not tempt fate or give people ideas…

  4. `This will not be the last of Real’s cancellations, after a 33 percent subsidy cut´

    … And the so-called `Ley de Mecenazgo´ must by now be rotting in the fridge of Congress. What future does musical life in this country have, when culture is (no longer) supported by government bureaucrats and a culture of individual philanthropy barely exists?

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