Maestro Riccardo Muti won’t conduct for the Rome Opera “Aida” and “The Marriage of Figaro” as scheduled.
The Maestro took his decision after concluding that the labor struggles within the Opera would make impossible a professional organization of the operas. The situation is indeed so tense that the Maestro’s dressing room was even reportedly invaded by some trade unions officers.
Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini expressed his solidarity to the Maestro, condemning the “egoistic and counterproductive resistances” against the administration.
The Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino and the Opera Director Carlo Fuortes similarly supported Maestro Muti, denouncing the catastrophic deficit of the Opera.
Trade union officer Lorena Pieralli denied any responsibility, blaming the administration.
In Italy Operas are State-run, and for understandable reasons of prestige its personnel used to be very well treated. However, in the last years they have been harshly hit by the budget cuts.