Yet another orchestra is facing abolition.
La Monnaie in Brussels has been ordered to cut its spending by 6.5 million Euros – shedding 4% on staff ad 20% on operating costs.
The government is nudging it to merge the opera orchestra with the national orchestra (ONB). Peter Caluwe, the Monnaie’s intendant, has come out fighting today in the media, but it’s sounding like a done deal.
Each of these situations is, for different reasons, fragile. But someone, somewhere, is going to have to take a stand.