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La Scala opera house hit by strike

World famous Milan opera house forced to cancel first night of Kenneth MacMillan's "Manon"

11:06PM GMT 12 Nov 2015

Striking technicians forced Italy's renowned La Scala opera house to cancel the first night of a new ballet production on Thursday, in the latest show of anger from culture sector unions.

The theatre in Milan had been due to present Kenneth MacMillan's "Manon", the tragic tale of an avaricious courtesan, but one union decided to walk out, leaving the theatre without enough staff to secure the stage for the dancers.

Among the world's most famous opera houses, La Scala has avoided much of the union wrangling which caused chaos at its less famous southern cousin, the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, whose conductor quit in disgust last year after months of strikes.

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