A financial scandal at Europe’s biggest theater continues to rock the institution to its foundations.
On March 11, 2014, the German artistic director of the Vienna Burg (“fortress”) theater, Matthias Hartmann, was fired without notice, an event previously unheard of at the Austrian institution.
The Burg is one of the biggest and wealthiest theaters in the whole world and also plays a big role in the way Austria markets itself to the world.
But the theater is burdened with enormous debts. And worse: a closer look at the Burg’s finances shows that even internal and external audits failed to identify the disaster taking shape behind the scenes.
Mr. Hartmann said he could not have known the extent to which the Burg’s finances were being mismanaged. But he had been running the theater for five years. How could he not have known what was going on, and shouldn’t he take responsibility for the scandal?