Bologna is hit by savage funding cut

Bologna is hit by savage funding cut


norman lebrecht

October 19, 2018

The Teatro Communale has been notified – at the end of its financial year – of a 900,000 Euros cut from central government to the present budget.

There is little time left to make savings.

Story here.



  • Olassus says:


  • The View from America says:

    Arts funding in the United States is a hot mess, but this is where the European model of arts funding is flawed. When funding is cut, usually it’s dramatic, putting arts organizations back on their heels.

    • HugoPreuss says:

      And yet, I’ll take the European, at least the German model every day. Where I live I have seven opera houses within a one hour driving rage, and they play from September to June. Hard to top that. The actions of an anti-culture reactionary government in Italy are hardly typical for “the European model of arts funding”.

    • Samantha says:

      It’s not European, it’s Italian!!! We are individual countries here not States!!!

    • Samantha says:

      This is an Italian problem not European. We are not the United States of Europe or a federation but individual countries.

    • In the USA, they do not just go back on the heels, they are knocked out. In recent years the orchestras in San Diego, Miami, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Syracuse, Tulsa, San Antonio, New Orleans, Denver, San Jose, Colorado Springs, Honolulu, Miami, and Philadelphia declared bankruptcy. Many more are in continual financial trouble.

      Note also how we only have 3 cities in the top 100 for opera performances per year, and how Chicago just shortened its pathetic 24 week season to only 22.

      We should also not take Italy as a norm for the EU. It has moved more toward US arts funding ideals than any other European country, which is exactly why it is having problems.