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La Repubblica - Italy | 05/12/2007

The Scala's opening night has been saved

The trade unions of the Scala, Milan's opera house, have lifted the threat of a strike that had been looming over the opening night of opera season on December 7th. Employees were demanding a pay rise and a change of working hours. "So there won't be a strike then. The musicians may however descend into the pit wearing white shirts edged with black [and not in the traditional tuxedos]", notes Paola Zonca. "The opening night of December 7th has been saved ... . Common sense has won. Everyone has thought of the future, of lost box office intake were the opening night to have been cancelled, of Lissner [the director], of Barenboïm [The conductor], who have never worked in the Scala and now find themselves caught up in a typically Italian imbroglio. It would have been a sin to block a spectacle as fascinating 'Tristan and Isolde'."

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