‘It’s the only way to prevent closure,’ says the Sovrintendente, Carlo Fuortes.
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The media are being told that orchestra and chorus strikes led to Riccardo Muti’s departure as music director. There is no precedent for dismissing an orchestra and chorus in a modern Italian opera house.
UPDATE: The plan is to rehire the players and singers, either as freelancers or as part of an ‘outsourced’ orchestra and chorus. This would enable the company to avoid social and pension costs. Fuortes, who has been in the job for less than a year, said the measure would save 3.4 million Euros of the present 12.5 million orchestra and chorus budget.