Opera houses and event organizers take advantage of the Situation of free soloists in the Corona-crisis with a problematic contract provisions | culture

only that you need to fight failure fees: Also in the case of new Contracts, the singers worse-Situation sorry: Beethoven's large-scale Ninth, such a concert

Opera houses and event organizers take advantage of the Situation of free soloists in the Corona-crisis with a problematic contract provisions | culture

only that you need to fight failure fees: Also in the case of new Contracts, the singers worse-Situation

sorry: Beethoven's large-scale Ninth, such a concert is not currently possible. Receive the message from the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande was so. And four soloists, the were download hand were affected. No Gage, Corona, force majeure – the Ensemble from Geneva, argued. Was involved, among others, soprano Christina land, Hamer, which was awarded in mid-may, this cancellation – and then amazed to ascertain: two days before the outreach, the orchestra had committed four other soloists. The Ninth was actually listed, but not as a regular concert, but as Internet action. Arte sent everything last weekend. Land, Hamer and her colleagues looked at literally in the tube.

"such is the case, I have not experienced yet," she says. "If you had talked to us about the Situation, about the fact that the promoter wanted to risk with foreign soloists nothing, then the thing would look completely different." The Internet action as a substitute, the planning had been no word communicates. "So you don't go with each other."

+ "need not be with each other," says soprano Christina country Hamer.©Photo: Marco Borggreve

A case? Tend not. The evidence suggests that the Situation of the soloists is, in this Corona-times miss. And that has to do with the failure of wages to the freelancers will have to fight. Also, when new contracts are concluded, the organizers will turn the screws on the thumb. There is, for example, state theatre, also in southern Germany, offering 50 percent default of payment, to dispose of at the same time: At the next commitment of this money will be deducted again. What the houses are, don't want to Turgay Schmidt say – in the interest of its clients. In the case of the Giessen lawyer many threads running currently, and complaints from singers. "The houses take advantage of the Situation, because everyone is happy that he can sing anything," says Schmidt. "The soloists, then out of fear of compromise, all of which are frivolous." What will be offered to the artists was simply "impudence".

Some contracts are now under the complete Corona-Title: In case of cancellation due to the pandemic and the associated regulations, no Euro flows. Just because the houses know that you can't apply the usual legal concept of "force majeure" to the current crisis. Ever Turgay Schmidt has found that the fees has deteriorated as a level. The lawyer two emails from Opera houses to deliver a blunt statement: If you pay now only 20 percent of the usual level, save the money for future seasons.

What are the highly prominent stakeholders in conversations to emphasize: It is not at all necessarily to the Stars, to the ends Better and the best of Verdi. Tired of supporting the artists of the "Faculty," or beginners, which is the collapse of everything – including a professional perspective, are rather.

Human all this was "very strange", what player currently on the market, says Bassist Günther Groissböck. The fear of the "classical Artist middle class" to take up more and more. "The singers are the perfect victim clientele: shut up and yet to sign." According to Groissböck you are not going to come around, and join together: A small, powerful unions such as the Association of the Cockpit in the air travel would be possible: "Which is finally able to do the whole cripple."

+ A powerful artist Union after the model of the Cockpit, Günther Groissböck calls.©Dominik Stixenberger

What Groissböck currently (and acknowledging that this come in part also to the benefit of): For the performances in the start-up culture operation would be required the same artist. In the visor Groissböck, however, has more of the hand-picked superstars. By means of the Corona crisis, the gap between platinum open even more soloists and the wide artist of the people. It is not necessary to see that the Event-character of the performances going to be bigger: "The Star-hype is still says primitive", Groissböck. "It also fuels social unrest."

The Problem here is that The Situation is not the political decision-makers aware of or is displaced from them. Lawyer Turgay Schmidt has and will soon have an appointment in the Chancellery Minister Helge Braun. And today, Friday, Andreas Schager, world-renowned tenor from Austria meets with Andrea Mayer, art and culture Secretary of state of his native country, and a staff of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

singer signs on Youtube, your Situation

As the soloist in all of this emotionally, the singer-couple, Gabriela Scherer, and Michael Volle worn together. They asked colleagues to share their Videos of their Situation. On Youtube, you have to cut the impressions under the Hashtag #bringbacktheculture together, soon there will be a more detailed Film. Stars like Camilla Nylund ("These three months were the most difficult of my life"), Ian Storey ("The earliest date for new plans is 2022 and 2023"), or to tears stirred Barbara Frittoli are there to see. And always resonates: It's not just you, but also to the young, to the technician, even all the culture Involved.

solidarity among singers who want to have Christina country of Hamer Parts identified – although some are still afraid to do something against the negative developments. In addition, she is optimistic: "If it's now downhill, uphill's in the same way again." The theme of Geneva is not done for you, however: "I believe that the organizer is once again requests. But I don't think is bad, this is just for these reasons, not necessarily the place I would like to work.“

Updated Date: 26 June 2020, 08:36

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