Dominique Meyer is unhappy at the Strauss waltzes that tinkle forth as you take a wee in the Karlsplatz underground station, near the State Opera. He also takes a swipe at Gerard Mortier’s latest attack on the working practices of the Vienna Phil. Here’s what he tells ORF:
Q: How do you as Director of the State Opera feel about the “Opera Toilet” in the underground passage at the Karlsplatz underground station?
Meyer: It’s dreadful. I and visitors to the opera regard it is a nuisance. If you’re coming out of a performance at the State Opera, you don’t necessarily want to be forced to hear other music. I object generally to music being played everywhere, say in restaurants, department stores or shopping malls.