Professor Paul Elitzik has been analysing strike headlines in the NY Times, WashPo, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers. Almost all make it appear as if the musicians are directly responsible for placing the opera season at risk, rather than the intransigence or incompetence of their employers.
Here’s the opening set of heads:
Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens (NY Times)
Musicians strike silences opening notes of Lyric Opera season (Chicago Sun-Times)
“Declining audiences, subscription revenues lead to Lyric Opera strike” (Chicago Tribune)
All but the last could have been dictated by the LYric board.
Read Elitzik’s analysis here.
Really thoughtful stuff.