Cellos refuse to play in ‘unsafe’ opera pit

Cellos refuse to play in ‘unsafe’ opera pit


norman lebrecht

November 04, 2014

More grim news from the Colon, in Buenos Aires.

On Friday, bits of plaster from ceiling fell into the orchestra pit. Only five cellists were persuaded to risk their lives in that night’s performance.

The musicians are holding daily demonstrations against bad personnel management and bad maintenance of the old building.

Here’s the latest demo:

colon demo


  • NYMike says:

    Great acoustics – bad maintenance.

  • Anon says:

    They are totally justified in not playing. This is the same theater where a young stage hand fell to his death last year because of hazardous conditions backstage. The Colon has a heinous record of unsafe conditions for their workers and musicians.

  • Anon says:

    Here’s a video, with English subtitles, of the Colon’s manager trying to dismiss the importance of the death of the young worker who died last year as a result of poor safety conditions at the theater –


  • PJ says:

    I don’t get it. Cellos refused to play while at the same time being “persuaded to risk their lives” in the pit? So which is it?