They’re getting ready for the big New Year gig next week and, as always, the world will look on in amazement at the biggest exclusion zone for women outside the Vatican and Mecca.
There may be five or six female players in the ranks on New Year’s Day, but that’s no more than tokenism as the orchestra maintains its stubborn antediluvian resistance to human rights and European law.
ORF, the state broadcaster, ran an item today on the orchestra’s inequality. The orchestra’s chairman, Clemens Hellsberg (below), was asked why they persisted in refusing to admit a fairer representation of women. His response: ‘In art, you can’t impose quotas (“In der Kunst kann es keine Quote geben”)’.