La Scala greets Barenboim with a strike

La Scala greets Barenboim with a strike


norman lebrecht

November 17, 2011

It was business as usual in the chorus room.

The first of three concerts by the new music director Daniel Barenboim was cancelled due to a wildcat strike. Er, why?

Apparently something to do with overtime payments during the company’s weekend visit to the Bolshoi in Moscow. ‘It’s part of routine negotiations,’ said a union representative. Strikes are so routine at la Scala they hardly make the press.

Is there an opera house on earth with worse labour relations? Does Daniel know what kind of lions’ den he’s entering?

Oh, and does anyone in the chorus watch the Reuters wire? Latest: Italy PM Monti says Europe living hardest days since WW2, country facing serious emergency.

Here’s the Scala website statement:

Strike on 16 November 2011

Strike of the Teatro alla Scala Chorus

Due to a strike organized by the CGIL, CISL, UIL and FIALS trade unions of the Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, the first of the three concerts conducted by Daniel Barenboim for the Symphonic Season, due to take place on Wednesday 16 November, is cancelled.

The Management of the Theatre apologize for the inconvenience.

Refund methods:

Tickets bought online, at the box-office, via telephone booking:

– The tickets must be mailed or handed back by 24 November 2011 to the Central Box Office, Galleria del Sagrato, Piazza del Duomo, 20121 Milan, open every day from 12 am to 6 pm. Patrons bringing back the tickets will be refunded directly; those sending them by post will be mailed a bank draft to the address they indicate.

2011/2012 Symphonic Season Subscribers – Series A:

– Subscribers will be refunded the amount corresponding to the performance through bank a draft, which will be sent to the address they indicated when taking out the subscription.

For more information please call the Infotel Service on +39.02.7200.3744