Things are not looking good in Salzburg after it seems that many artists have announced their intention to bring legislation to the Salzburg Convention.
According to Platea Magazine and Der Standard, George Strait’s lawyer said during a press conference in Vienna that he will file a legal complaint against some artists for not paying hundreds of workers at the festival.
According to the press conference, the organization of the meeting did not pay many employees even though they were laid off due to the epidemic.
For the tenor Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, speaking to Merkur.de, the Festival owes freelance artists about 10 million euros for canceled works in 2020; about 120 amateurs and 67 opera singers are affected by this condition.
For example, many members of the group rehearsed for the production of “Boris Godunov” but were not paid for those hours of work. Strait threatened that if no agreement could be found between the parties, he would proceed with legal action.
He also said that the artists want the Festival Director Markus Hinterhaüser to step down from his position. He was appointed Artistic Director in 2016; his current contract was extended from 2019 to 2026.
OperaWire has reached out to the Salzburg Festival for comment.