We’ve received this message from a principal artist at OA, one of many whose livelihood is threatened by the incursion of commercial musicals. The informant has requested anonymity.
Opera Australia has reneged on its policy, for 2014 only so far, of no 52 week contracts for the majority of ensemble principal artists who had a reasonable expectation of receiving one. This information comes from today’s meeting of Opera Australia management and Union officials. The company has committed to just sixteen 52 week contracts for 2014. The next step is to secure the future of the ensemble. The principal artists are grateful for the support of all those who have rallied behind them.
The future for singers in the Lucky Country is looking very dry.