More about the Rome Opera crisis

Ignazio Marino - Photo Niccolò Caranti

Following a two and a half hour long meeting, the Board of Directors of the Rome Opera House, chaired by the City Mayor [see photo], decided on 2 October 2014 to dismiss the institution’s 182 orchestra musicians and choir members, at the same time laying the blame on union representatives, guilty in their eyes of not having subscribed to the management’s and city’s cost-cutting plan.

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Rome Opera crisis: IAEA issues an open letter


The three International Federations representing workers in the Arts and Entertainment sector call upon the Board of the Rome Opera Theatre to reverse its decision to dismiss all orchestra musicians and choir members

The International Federation of Musicians (FIM), the International Federation of Actors (FIA), UNI – Media, Entertainment & Arts (UNI MEI) and their member organisations in more than 120 countries were extremely shocked to learn about the decision of the Board of the Rome Opera to terminate the contracts of all the orchestra musicians and choir members of this institution, in a disgraceful act of cultural vandalism.

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Musicians associations call for the strengthening of opera houses and orchestras in Europe

Zürich | October 8th, 2014 – The German speaking professional associations and musician trade unions from Austria, Switzerland and Germany (SMV, DOV, GdG-KMSfB and Ver.di) observe with great concern the current rampant destruction of opera houses, orchestras and professional ensembles in Europe. This is the tenor of a joint working meeting on 7 and 8 October 2014 in Zürich.

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Scandal in Rome: the mayor dismantles the Opera

In an outrageous act of cultural vandalism, the mayor of Rome has announced his decision to dismiss all the artists, i.e. 200 orchestra musicians and choir members, working for the Rome Opera.

This decision cannot stand. The International music community will not let politicians destroy a cultural heritage that they have a duty to protect, preserve and develop.

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Help save the Danish National Chamber Orchestra! [Update]

The Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DBC) has announced that it will shut down the Danish National Chamber Orchestra (DNCO) on the 1st of january due to budget cuts. The DNCO employs approx. 45 musicians as well as the artistic team working with them. Apart from the evident disaster of the musicians losing their jobs, the loss of the DNCO would be catastrophic for Denmark’s cultural life – there simply is no other orchestra that could lift the DNCO’s 75-year-long cultural heritage with the same skill, diversity and beauty.

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Teatro Colón: enough abuse!

Press release from the artists of the Teatro Colón

With deep regret, we, the artists of the Teatro Colón, are left with no other option than to communicate and make public the way we have been abused and abandoned by those who should be affording us the minimum conditions that are vital for us to develop at a professional level.

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Equitable remuneration | Italy forced to comply with European legislation

Current Italian legislation (decree of the President of the Council of 1 September 1975, article 1) provides, in the absence of agreement between parties, for the amount of equitable remuneration due by users to performers and phonogram producers to be limited to 2% of turnover attributed to use of music.

This limitation, which, in reality, caps the amount collected from users, leads to collections that are way below the European average.

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