Two unions at the Milan opera house – Cgil and Uil – had threatened to strike tomorrow, because of proposed changes to staff contracts announced earlier this year, thereby cancelling the performance by the Vienna State Opera. But after talks with the management, the trade unionists agreed not to go ahead with the protest action.
Tomorrow’s performances mark a renewal in traditional exchanges between La Scala and the Vienna Staatsoper. 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” in Vienna.
The Vienna Staatsoper brings Beethoven’s “Fidelio” to Milan, with a cast including Peter Seiffert and Nina Stemme. Franz Welser-Möst conducts.