German Workers' Strike Forces Changes at Bavarian State Opera

Classic Arts News   German Workers' Strike Forces Changes at Bavarian State Opera
A strike by workers across Germany has forced Munich's Bavarian State Opera to scale back its productions over the next week, the company announced.

The company's technical staff belongs to Ver.di, the national union of public employees, which has staged a series of strikes over the last three weeks to protest a plan to extend the work week without an increase in pay.

The Bavarian State Opera presented Wagner's Das Rheingold in a concert version on March 1, and it will do the same tomorrow. Performances of Wagner's Die Walk‹re on March 7 and 10 and Verdi's La traviata on March 6 and 9 will be be staged in modified versions.

The company's new production of Der fliegende Holl‹nder, which opened February 26 and runs through March 16, has not been affected.

Those holding tickets for Das Rheingold may request a refund over the State Opera's web site.

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