A stoppage was averted in Rome, hours before Anna Netrebko’s debut.
Paris was not so lucky.
Madama Butterfly was shut down last night and there were demonstrations in front of the Bastille over dwindling pension funds for theatre workers.
The following notice went up on the website:
Due to the national day of action in connection with the defence of the “intermittent performer status” and strike notice served by the SUD and FSU trade unions at the Paris Opera and the CGT union at a national level, the evening of balletsCullberg/ De Millescheduled for Thursday 27 February 2014 at 7.30 pm at the Palais Garnier has been cancelled.
The management of the Paris Opera wishes to apologise to spectators and to propose either a ticket exchange for another performance of the same production or a refund.