Just in: Matthias Goerne sues orchestra over Covid datemain
The German baritone has issued proceedings in a Finnish court against the Helsinki Philharmonic which, he says, is refusing to pay him for a Wagner performance that was cancelled due to the Covid lockdown.
Goerne is demanding 12,000 Euros plus 4,200 Euros in legal fees so far, arguing that Covid is not a ’force majeure’ reason to cancel the performance.
The orchestra counters that it has reached amicable agreement with five other performers, intending to reinstate the Tristan concert at a future date. It also argues that Goerne’s fee had not been agreed before the cancellation.
This should be a good day in court.
Vesa Siren has the full story (in Finnish).