Artists are owed $500,000 in collapse of baroque festival

We reported last September that Brisbane Baroque was not paying its artists.

That statement is now definitive. The festival went into voluntary liquidation last night after losses in successive years mounted to half a million Aussie dollars.

The founders said they will try to pay some of the artists some of the money they are owed. One of them reportedly checked himself into a psychiatric ward.

The creditors include: Mahan Esfahani, Vivica Genaux, Brett Weymark, Erin Helyard, Ulrike Schneider, Carlo Vistoli, Russell Harcourt, Joao Fernandes, Owen Willetts, Keri Fuge, Kiandra Howarth, Morgan Balfour, Nicholas Tolputt, Brenton Spiteri, David Greco, Kristian Winther and Ioana Tache; as well as Latitude 37, Orava Quartet, Camerata of St. John’s, and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

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  • “The founders said they will try to pay some of the artists some of the money they are owed. One of them reportedly checked himself into a psychiatric ward.”

    One of the artists or one of the founders has checked themselves into a psychiatric ward? It’s not clear!

  • One of the founders went to ground as soon as the mismanagement of funds surfaced mid 2016. The orchestral players that supported the opera and numerous other events were left of Norman’s list – they were also not paid and for them it really hurts as they depend on these gigs for their income. The two company directors have behaved appallingly and made little effort to do the right thing, even to the point of not returning phone calls, etc. A great pity as this Festival has been very popular, most events sold out. It should have been a huge success.

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