The quote comes from Ottaviano Cristofoli (pictured), principal trumpet in the Japan Philharmonic for the past five years, and they are taken up by Barbara Leone, deputy editor of the AlgaNews site.
Cristofoli says the only way a musician can survive in Italy is by accepting 50 Euros for a night’s work and agreeing to be paid ‘on the black’.
Leone adds that this week another 74 people, mostly musicians, were sacked by a symphony orchestra in Rome.
‘We have lost the theme,’ cries Leone. ‘At this rate, we will soon lose Italy’s last shred of cultural and historical identity.’
Read the editorial here (in Italian). Not many will disagree.