Oct 03, 2014
By Scott Walker
More turmoil in the ongoing drama at the Rome Opera House.
The Opera’s board has voted to fire the entire orchestra and chorus. Replacement artists will be brought in to take over.
The Opera’s General Manager, Carlo Fuortes, says the only alternative was to shut the company down altogether.
It’s the latest chapter in a labour dispute that saw music director Riccardo Muti abruptly resign last month. The celebrated conductor quit because artists have staged last-minute strikes, forcing the cancellation of performances.
Artists and management have been unable to reach a new contract.
The Rome Opera lost about 18 million dollars last year.