The great violinist Salvatore Accardo, returning home from a tour of China, discovered to his horror that Rome Opera had sacked its orchestra and chorus.
‘What has happened in Rome – the dismissal of 182 musicians in the most prestigious theater of our capital city – is a shameful thing, not only for the infamous decision to abolish an orchestra, but also because it falsely justifies an indecent act. They want the public to believe that the only ones responsible for years of mismanagement and holes in the budget are the musicians of the orchestra. Crazy.’
‘People abroad are horrified, and I emphasize, horrified at the story of the Opera di Roma. The heads of the Opera have said that these procedures – ‘outsourcing’ the orchestra – are done everywhere. But that’s not true. In Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States no one comes to mind who has dismissed the orchestra and relied on ad hoc orchestras.’