Vienna Opera performance at La Scala still on
A much-awaited Vienna Opera concert at Milan's Teatro alla Scala will go ahead despite earlier fears it might be cancelled because of a strike, the Vienna Staatsoper said Thursday.
Two unions at the Milan opera house -- Cgil and Uil -- had threatened to strike on Friday, because of proposed changes to staff contracts announced earlier this year, thereby cancelling the performance by the Vienna State Opera's orchestra.
After talks with the management, the trade unionists agreed however not to go ahead with the protest action.
The performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio" on Friday marks a renewal in traditional exchanges between La Scala and the Vienna Staatsoper and will coincide with a guest performance by La Scala's orchestra in Vienna on the same day.
The last exchange between the two world-famous opera houses -- both currently led by Frenchmen: Stephane Lissner in Milan and Dominique Meyer in Vienna -- goes back to 1956 when the Staatsoper's Herbert von Karajan invited soprano Maria Callas and La Scala's orchestra to perform "Lucia di Lammermoor" by Gaetano Donizetti in Vienna.
On Friday, La Scala's orchestra will perform Giuseppe Verdi's "Requiem" accompanied by Mexican star tenor Rolando Villazon under conductor Daniel Barenboim.
© 2011 AFP