A French opera house is ‘on the verge of liquidation’main
The Opéra of Montpellier, serving th southwest of France, could be shut down in as little as three weeks, Figaro reports.
The regional council of Languedoc-Roussillon has failed to pay a promised 4 million Euro subsidy. The company is 716,000 Euros in debt, facing creditor demands. The auditor has warned that unless funds are raised within weeks he will have to shut the company.
The Opéra runs on a 22 million Euro budget, employing 242 staff. Plans to reduce the orchestra have met stiff resistance. The director general, Valérie Chevalier, has been in the job for less than ten months.
Lawrence Foster was music director until 2012. No music director is presently listed on its website.