In response to an international outcry about its decision to lay off opera singers for up to three months in order to stage commercial musicals, the antipodean opera company has published a belated statement on its website.
Instead of admitting error and agreeing to respect the legal and moral rights of its artists, the company attacks the media for misrepresenting its position and asks for privacy so that it can chop the legs off singers without further interference. We have seldom seen a more smug, image-centred corporate response to a burgeoning artistic crisis. Opera Australia is recognised as one of the few opera companies in the world that is bucking the trend of decline…., it maintains. Oh, yeah?
Read for yourselves:
Opera Australia would like to thank everyone who has expressed interest in the future of the company and its artists.