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Opera Premiere Cancelled Due to Strikes

A series of theatre worker strikes across Germany have affected the premiere of Gerard Pesson's new opera 'Pastorale'. The work, which was due to be premiered by Stuttgart's State Opera in May, will instead be presented in concert as the set will not be ready.

The workers are striking over regional government plans to change the working week from 40 to 38.5 hours with no extra pay and the reduction/abolishment of holiday and bonus payments. Around 120 staff are striking in both Stuttgart and Munich's Bavarian State Opera.


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