'Don Giovanni' Canceled Because Of Strike

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The premiere of Don Giovanni at Venice's famed Teatro La Fenice has been canceled. Musicians and singers are on strike. They're among thousands of opera workers across the country who've been striking in recent weeks to protest laws that halt new hiring and limit pay.

LYNN NEARY, host:

And a fight is reaching a crescendo in Italy, where the government wants some of its most venerated musical institutions to become more financially self-sufficient. Out last word in business today is: silence at the opera.

Tomorrow's premiere of "Don Giovanni" at Venice's famed Teatro La Fenice has been canceled. Musicians and singers are on strike. They're among thousands of opera workers around the country who've been striking in recent weeks to protest new laws that halt new hiring and limit pay.

In a dramatic statement yesterday, Venice's mayor said the budget-cutting measures risk butchering his city's opera house.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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