Alberto Vilar ‘is penniless’main
Lawyers for the fallen philanthropist – still the biggest benefactor in opera history – are seeking debt relief, arguing before a judge that he is ‘broken, penniless, and destitute.’
Alberto, 80, went to jail for nine years for defrauding some of his investment clients.
Before his arrest, he gave away more than $200 million to the Met, Salzburg, Covent Garden, Mariinsky and other opera venues. Many owe him their seatback surtitles. As soon as he went to jail, the Met took down his name and others followed suit.
Today, say his lawyers, he is living on the dole and sleeping on a couch in a shred apartment.