THE CHORUS at the English National Opera (ENO) staged an unprecedented strike on Tuesday of last week. The chorus singers were protesting against ENO managers' plan to sack 20 of the 60-strong chorus.
They closed down Tuesday's performance of The Trojans and staged a free performance of Verdi's Requiem at a nearby church. The event was overflowing with supporters. The singers' determination to fight cuts will be strengthened by leaked reports last weekend showing the scale of the cuts ENO bosses plan to force through. They want to axe 70 jobs and slash output.
The ENO chorus are fighting for their jobs and striking a blow for artistic freedom against corporate penny-pinching. More action is planned on 3 April, 16 April and 8 May.