Madrid’s Teatro Real has replaced professional extras in its forthcoming Idomeneo with a call for volunteers, who nwill be making their stage debut.
The move has divided opinion. Many operagoers are privately thrilled to have the chance of a stage appearance. Professional actors fear this is the prelude to a further attack on seriousness in the arts.
They have posted a petition, calling for the Real’s artistic director and chief exec to be replaced by volunteers.