The Basque National Orchestra went on strike yesterday over various failings of its management.
The timing was unfortunate, coinciding with the opening night of Don Pasquale at Bilbao Opera.
Instead of cancelling the performance, the opera house engaged an American pianist, James Vaughan, to play the score in a performance conducted by Roberto Abbado.
The orchestra players were meeting meanwhile in San Sebastian.
Sometimes, life can be stranger than opera.