It's crunch time at the Liceu

It's crunch time at the Liceu


norman lebrecht

February 25, 2011

The money has run out at Barcelona’s beautifully restored opera house. 

Next season will start a month late, in October. The staff are being sent on unpaid leave. State funding is down to Euro 48 million – still twice as much as English National Opera – and there is talk of doing more pops, fewer adventurous operas. This could be a harbinger for the art form right across Europe Spanish report here.


  • Oliver Chettle says:

    48 million is the budget. The article says that state support is half of the budget.
    NL: Are you sure? another article says budget is down this year from 80 million Euro to 66m. I can’t find a verifiable stat.