Besser rejects Senate objections to integrating State Opera and National Theatre

Culture Minister Jiří Besser has rejected the objections of senators to the integration of the Prague State Opera and the National Theatre. Mr Besser says that the transformation of both institutions is not only needed but is inescapable due to reasons of economics and programming. Taking advantage of a small opposition minority in the upper house, a majority of senators have signed a petition labelled the plan inappropriate, ill-conceived and unreasoned. The culture minister says that the criticisms are based on false information. Employees of the Prague State Opera insist on the two institutions being separate and say the plan is based on the ministry’s economic rather than artistic interests.