Exposed: The diva lifestyle of an opera bossmain
The Mediacités site in France has obtained copies of personal expenses submitted by Serge Dorny, director of the Opéra de Lyon, from 2013 to 2015.
They come to more than 8,000 Euros (or dollars) a month.
Among the extravagances are a dinner with his music director, Kazushi Ono (and his wife): 644 Euros.
A new pen: 600 Euros.
Trip to Frankfurt for a meeting with its opera chief: 8,000 Euros.
Five nights in a luxury hotel in Aix to attend one concert… a 4,000-Euro tour of Russia and the Ukraine… and so on.
More details here.
Dorny, 55, has been head of Lyon Opéra since 2003. He is not hugely popular with staff, which may explain the leak of his expenses.
In Dresden, where he was fired before taking office as general director of the Semper Oper, he was accused by a government minister of acting ‘like the Sun King’.
Dorny later won a case against the Saxon government for unfair dismissal.
UPDATE: Dorny explains his expenses.