Paris Opéra is hit by new strike

Paris Opéra is hit by new strike


norman lebrecht

December 16, 2019

Tonight’s Il Pirata is cancelled. Likewise the ballet Raymonda

The house goes dark.

There is no guarantee that tomorrow’s shows will go ahead.

Here’s the rather limp website announcement:

As a result of a national and interprofessional strike followed by some of the Opera’s staff, the performance of Il Pirata scheduled on Monday 16 December 2019 is unfortunately cancelled.

The Paris Opera apologizes for this cancellation. Given the right of employees to declare industrial action up until the scheduled performance time, the Opera was not able to inform the audience earlier and apologizes for this too.



  • Brian says:

    A tasty alternative would be to hear the Concertgebouworkest in the Philharmonie tonight, with Iván Fischer conducting…

  • Michel says:

    Poor Raymonda !!

  • Robin Smith says:

    Has anyone called this the French Disease yet ?

    • V. Lind says:

      Strikes in Paris are like rain on London. Get used to it. Unlike rain in London, it would be within the gift of men to change it — perhaps with some useful legislation But the politicians are too scared of the many and various unions.

    • BrianB says:

      It’s the national pastime.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    Who knows why they are striking? Do they, as long as they can make lives difficult for the public.

    • John Borstlap says:

      They don’t strike for a reason, it is to let the authorities feel they can do nothing without their full support – that is, the support of the people who strike. First they choose a government, and then they try to stop it.