Serge Dorny takes 350,000 Euros off German taxpayers

Serge Dorny takes 350,000 Euros off German taxpayers


norman lebrecht

June 29, 2018

The incoming intendant of Bavarian State Opera has settled his unfair dismissal case against Dresden’s Semper Oper.

Serge Dorny, you may recall, was fired before he could even start work.

He sued for 1.7 million Euros and won. He has now settled for a fifth of that amount.

Who pays? The long-suffering taxpayer.

Let’s hope he gives it to charity.



  • Has been says:

    Not sure of the point here. If Dorny was judged to have been unfairly dismissed by a state opera house why shouldn’t the state pay ?

    • John Borstlap says:

      When the state makes mistakes, it has to pay-up. The tax payers vote for the people who run the state and its money but the state should be accountable for the law.

  • erich says:

    Thielemann should pay. The entire drama was caused by his intransigence.

    • Tamino says:

      Well, it’s a bit more complex of a drama I guess. It was the state ministry’s idea to install a strong man as a power antagonist to Thielemann. But the experienced Machiavelli disciple smelled the rat.