La Scala Workers Suspend Strike Actions

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The workers at Milan's Teatro alla Scala have suspended their boycotts of the opera house's production premieres, Rai Televideo reports.

The disagreement between La Scala and the musicians' and workers' unions is not over, but the strikes were ended as a conciliatory gesture, according to a statement from the unions, "following the positive outcome of the first part of negotiations with the prefect of Milan."

A general assembly has been called for May 4; the strike's suspension could mean that the premiere of Richard Strauss's Elektra, scheduled for May 7 and with Semyon Bychkov conducting, will take place as planned.

The strikes began in February, when general manager Carlo Fontana was fired. A protracted standoff between La Scala's workers and music director Riccardo Muti led to both Muti's resignation last month as well as the resignation of Fontana's replacement, Mauro Meli, whom the unions felt was a Muti ally and a sign of the music director's growing dominance at La Scala.

Meli has been replaced with Stéphane Lissner.

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