Breaking: now Buenos Aires fires half its orchestra – Slipped disc

Slipped disc | Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds | April 3, 2011
Breaking: now Buenos Aires fires half its orchestra
The city of Buenos Aires has fired half of the musicians in the Teatro Colon for going on strike over late payments.
The musicians, who won support last week from the visiting Placido Domingo and accompanied his concert for free, are taking their case to court. See here for details. And here for a softer version.
It is impossible to ignore parallels with the brutal dispute being played out in Brazil. Foreign artists and managers are starting to put both orchestras on an international blacklist.


Breaking: now Buenos Aires fires half its orchestra – Slipped disc

Breaking: Domingo refuses to sing until Buenos Aires settles musicians strike – Slipped disc

Slipped disc | March 24, 2011
Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Breaking: Domingo refuses to sing until Buenos Aires settles musicians strike
Placido Domingo has postponed a concert in Buenos Aires and told the city he will not sing there again until it settles a musicians strike at the Teatro Colon.
The city had apparently tried to recruit musicians out of town to form a pick-up orchestra for the tenor, but Domingo declared solidarity with the strikers and refused to sing.
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo talks during a press conference about his performance scheduled for next 23 March, but not yet confirmed due to a trade dispute between the Estable Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Teatro Colon, the scene of one of the concerts, and the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 21 March 2011.  EPA/LEO LA VALLESpanish tenor Placido Domingo talks during a press conference about his performance scheduled for next 23 March, but not yet confirmed due to a trade dispute between the Estable Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Teatro Colon, the scene of one of the concerts, and the Government of the City of Buenos Aires. photo: EPA/LEO LA VALLE
Report here.
It’s rare to see a legend remembering his humbler colleagues. Good man, Placido.
I wonder who will be the first classical star to boycott the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra over the way it is replacing its tenured musicians with the youth orchestra. 
Breaking: Domingo refuses to sing until Buenos Aires settles musicians strike – Slipped disc