At yesterday’s season launch, Frankfurt Oper’s director Bernd Loebe said his musicians were seriously underpaid, ranking 27th in Germany’s orchestral pay scale.
Some, he said, were having to apply for social benefits to sustain their families. Others were contemplating emigration.
Germany’s financial centre should surely do more for its artists if it wants to challenge London as a business hub.
Frankfurt Oper will have 12 new productions next season, including 3 Rossinis, a rarae outing for Fauré’s Penelope and Asmik Grigorian starring in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.