21 November 2012

Madrid's Teatro Real Cancels New Zauberflöte Staging, Future Productions in Wake of Deep Budgetary Cuts

A new production of Die Zauberflöte that was to have premiered at Madrid's Teatro Real in June has been cancelled in the wake of deep budgetary cuts provoked by the economic crisis in Spain, the company's management has announced. 

At a press conference in Madrid today, the Teatro Real's CEO, Ignacio Garcia Belenguer, and its artistic director, Gerard Mortier, said that scrapping Robert Carsen's production of Mozart's singspiel from the current season would save the company some €800,000. Likewise, additional Real stagings of Salome and Carmen — which were to have similarly featured performances by the Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Madrid company's 2013-14 and 2014 seasons — have also been cancelled. 

In lieu of Carsen’s staging of Mozart's opera, which was to have been a coproduction between the Madrid company and the Baden-Baden Festival, the Teatro Real will instead present three concert performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, featuring Rattle leading the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and several of the soloists originally cast for DieZauberflöte. The Teatro Real has said that it hopes to present Carsen's production as part of a future season. 

Economic instability and a prolonged recession in Spain are expected to result in significant cutbacks in the amount of government subsidies directed toward the Teatro Real in 2013, with the theater's budget slashed by nearly one-third. Its operating budget meanwhile will remain unchanging at an estimated at €40 million. spacer 

More information can be found at the Teatro Real, Lainformacion, and Gramilano.com.

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