22. February 2007 · Comments Off on Lights Out · Categories: imported, News

Paris Bastille Strike Cloaks `La Juive’ Premiere in Darkness
By Jorg von Uthmann

Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) — The revival of Halevy’s “La Juive” at the Paris Opera, after an absence of 73 years, started with a bewildering opening night.

The stage was shrouded in various degrees of darkness. At the end, director Pierre Audi and his team didn’t appear at the curtain calls.

This was not an artistic choice. The Paris Opera has lots of overpaid, underemployed grumps backstage. We were witnessing a strike of the lighting technicians.

I’m assuming Bloomberg isn’t a pure news place, as this is clearly harsh toward the lighting technicians and isn’t just providing the news.

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