Thursday, February 20, 2003

Strike cancels London opera

The Associated Press

LONDON - The cash-strapped English National Opera said it's canceling a performance of its new season opera because of a strike called by the company's chorus.

Patrons planning to see the Feb. 25 performance of The Trojans - The Capture of Troy at the London Coliseum will be offered tickets to an alternative showing or a full refund, the ENO said Tuesday.

The 60 chorus singers, members of the Equity union, voted unanimously in favor of the action after the ENO threatened to slash their numbers by one-third.

The ENO wants to replace a number of permanent staff with employees on short-term contracts.

The company has been in financial crisis for months. In January, the Arts Council of England, the national development agency for the arts, stepped in with a multimillion-dollar grant to keep it solvent.

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