AUSTRIAN ARTS AUSTERITY

Jul 30, 2012

By Bob Komsic

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Vienna State Opera is under pressure to make savings of $10 million euros after a warning from the Austrian government.

The prestigious venue currently receives over $56 million euros from the government each year.

Like other European countries, Austria is looking for ways to cut spending to balance its budget and reduce its debt.

Musical director Franz Welser-Moest says it would be tricky to streamline the “very efficiently run” opera house.

Vienna State Opera house is one of the busiest in the world, producing 50 to 60 operas and approximately 200 performances each year.

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