Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Hans Gabor competition to leave Vienna

In what is the final chapter in the sorry saga of the Kammeroper, competition organizers Isabella Gabor and Holger Bleck say that after 31 years the City of Vienna is abandoning them, a claim Roland Geyer described over the weekend as a smear against Kulturstadtrat Andreas Mailath-Pokorny (while admitting that the Theater an der Wien had intended to take over the competition from 2014). It seems that Frau Gabor was initially receptive to the TadW’s plan before looking at other ways to keep hold of her competition, eventually landing up in Amsterdam, which will host the finals in 2013 as well as form a foundation to fund subsequent competitions in Germany, England and the USA. The competition administration will remain in Vienna and it’s not clear why the Dutch are financing something that will have nothing to do with them after next summer, but the competition’s continuing independence is welcome news for Frau Gabor. Geyer has indicated that the TadW will press ahead with plans for its own singing competition in 2014.

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