The Revopera site has come up with a table of the biggest spenders in Europe.
The top five are:
1 Salzburg – 62.5 million Euros
2 Verona – 44.3m
3 Glyndebourne – 31.1m
4 Bayreuth – 23m
5 Aix-en-Provence – 22.5 million
Then there’s a huge drop to the next batch, spending nine million Euros or less.
These figures look somewhat partial. They do not include Lucerne (!), the BBC Proms, Verbier or Edinburgh, let alone any of the big-city festivals in Vienna, Berlin and Zurich.
On a more entrepreneurial note, the site lists the festivals that are best at self-financing. Glyndebourne comes top at 94%, Orange is second on 85%, Savolinna third at 82%. Lucerne, once more, is a notable omission.
Lots more statistics right here. Fascinating stuff, not just for nerds like us, but bare in mind the ones they have overlooked.