English National Opera chorus calls off strike

18th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

Singers at one of Britain's leading opera companies have called off their strike action planned for a performance on Friday and have accepted a new pay deal, their trade union said.

The chorus at the English National Opera had said it would refuse to perform part of the Philip Glass opera "Akhnaten" at the London Coliseum theatre.

"The chorus have had no choice but to agree to reductions in their guaranteed pay," said Christine Payne, general secretary of the Equity union.

"We hope that this will mean that ENO management stabilises the company and returns it to all-year-round opera production in the near future."

Cressida Pollock, chief executive of the ENO, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to reach a deal with Equity."

The ENO has said it is facing a £5 million (6.5 million euro, $7 million) cut to the grant it receives from the British government.

The ENO performs operas in English and, along with the Royal Opera House based in London's Covent Garden, is the leading company in Britain.

© 2016 AFP

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