A loud cheer went up in the Semiramide chorus room yesterday when a representative of the performers’ union AGMA announced that his organisation was presenting John Copley’s case to Peter Gelb, the general manager, as ‘a wrongful termination’.
AGMA is also representing the chorister whose complaint led to the veteran director’s dismissal.
The joy was, however, short-lived.
The union proposed to Gelb that he should either reinstate Copley, or compensate him for unfair dismissal.
Gelb refused both requests.
The leader of another house union told Slipped Disc that Gelb’s position was ‘absolutely ludicrous’.
This is not over yet.