One of New York City Opera’s key unions on Thursday charged the company with unfair labour practices and sought a court order blocking its proposed move out of Lincoln Center. The salvo from the American Guild of Musical Artists comes nearly a week after City Opera said it could no longer afford to stay at the arts complex.
Opera officials have so far remained silent on what they will present next season or where. The Guild, which represents singers, chorus members, dancers, stage managers and directors, said City Opera was using the move to break its contractual obligations and had refused to negotiate or provide any information about it.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.