Alagna's Faust crippled by strike

Alagna's Faust crippled by strike


norman lebrecht

September 23, 2011

First, he got the conductor kicked out. (According to Le Monde, the great tenor arrived late for rehearsal and didn’t like getting told off.)

Then, on opening night, the backstage crew walked out. Just another strike at the Paris Opéra.

Last night’s premiere was performed in concert version, it’s reported.


  • Janey says:


    I remember seeing a fairly good quality video from the audience of Renee Fleming’s Otello Ave Maria in Paris last July – with no sets because of a stage crew strike. She was carrying a desk chair around. Quite funny.

    I believe the crew agreed to wait until after opening to strike in that case.