Domingo's La Scala performance hit by strike

Mon May 3, 2010 3:07pm EDT
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MILAN (Reuters) - A wildcat strike by workers at Italy's La Scala opera house will likely force the cancellation on Tuesday of a performance of Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra" starring Placido Domingo.

A statement from the opera house on Monday night said unions had informed management that workers would be holding a union meeting to discuss planned government changes for funding of theatres at the time the opera is scheduled to be performed.

Domingo is singing the baritone lead part in his return to the operatic stage after cancer surgery and has already performed in presentations of the opera at La Scala.

He is the sole performer left of the famed "Three Tenors" after Luciano Pavarotti died of cancer in 2007 and Jose Carreras announced his retirement last year.

He debuted in the baritone Simon Boccanegra role at London's Royal Opera House last year. Tenor voices often lower in register as singers grow older.

Tickets for the performances of the opera at La Scala can cost up to 224 euros, according to La Scala's website.


<p>Lights are placed on the trees in front of La Scala Opera Theater in Milan December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini</p>