Paris Opéra is on strike again

Paris Opéra is on strike again


norman lebrecht

March 09, 2016

Meistersinger is cancelled tonight.

The corps de ballet have walked out over pay.

paris opera garnier


  • Nicola Lefanu says:

    Surely it could have been done without the darling dancers ?
    Why cancel the whole performance ?

    • Fanny says:

      Because then you’re a scab! Don’t cross the picket line.

    • Eddie Mars says:

      Because opera is actually more than just the notes 😉

      Meistersinger has some of the most complex crowd scenes in the operatic repertoire, and movement performers make or break these scenes. In the cathedral… in the street late at night… and of course, the celebration of the Song Festival, in the last act.

      It’s not just a load of old cobblers 😉

    • Frederick West says:

      Indeed. I find it sounds exactly the same even without the dancers. Go ahead without them.

  • Una says:

    Nicola, you must be joking! It’s more than a bunch of ballet dancers – ha, ha 🙂

  • Les Nuls (spoofers) had once noticed : “The Paris Opera has published a work warning” (when everywhere else people usually publish a strike warning)….

  • rita says:

    I agree with Fanny: it’s horrifying how principles go out of the window when musical caprices are at stake!