Opera star blasts won’t-pay US orchestramain
From Morris Robinson:
“Very seldom do I call out organizations, but I feel that I must say something. I was so incredibly proud of my DEAR friends who were in this company’s production of Porgy and Bess, that I flew down to Miami on a whim, rented a vehicle, secured a room, bought a ticket, and attended the Premier performance to both support and surprise my colleagues. I thought it was amazing to have this Masterpiece performed in one of my favorite cities and at a venue I was fortunate enough to “Open” years ago with a gala performance and subsequently a long run of Aidas with the Florida Grand Opera.
Prior to my initial venture onto “Catfish Row” I had heard nightmares of how companies often mistreat their cast members and disrespect this Opera. Porgy oft times is utilized to balance the books and sell tickets while the presenting organization simultaneously underpays and mistreats the very talented cast members who make this show a success. Needless to say, I was appalled to learn JUST NOW that over a MONTH after closing the show, my colleagues and friends who gave their ALL on stage have YET to be compensated for their hard work.
I truly feel that if we as artists sit silently by and allow these things to continuously happen without repercussion, companies will CONTINUE to use up, then toss aside the very people who make this show a fan favorite.
In my humble opinion, if the General Manager and VP, and Casting Director, and Conductor etc are getting their monthly salaries, the PERFORMERS should be getting paid as well.
South Florida Symphony, PAY my friends. Pay your artists. Company leadership, get your act together and do the right thing! You had an EXCELLENT Cast and they gave incredible performances. Don’t take performers for granted.
Stop mistreating BLACK PERFORMERS!!!!!!!
You’re in South Florida … there’s money in South Florida. With all the Limousines and Fur Coats I saw pulling up at the Ziff, the money is THERE … pay the Singers!!!”