The sad and shameless Facebook page about singers’ fees and engagements has come up with some fascinating inside tracks on the Alexander Pereira regime at the Salzburg festival. Apparently, since Pereira took charge, singers are no longer paid for rehearsals, only for performance. The no-pay rule applies also to the general rehearsal, for which tickets are sold.
The festival does not pay hotel costs, leaving non-star singers to find private accommodation. ‘If after six weeks of rehearsal I fall sick and cannot sing any of the performances, I am left with a big fat nothing,’ complains one singer, justifiably. See here.
The issue has been highlighted by Elisabeth Kulman, an Austrian mezzo, who was invalided out of Salzburg last year after being struck in the throat in a bizarre rehearsal accident in Bochum. Kulman has happily made a full recovery but she remains uncomfortable with conditions at Salzburg, especially the concentrated scheduling which prompted Franz Welser-Möst to pull out of a Mozart cycle. She has raised her concerns in an interview on the national television channel, ORF.