Lyric Opera of Chicago Cancels Oct. 14 Performance of ‘La Bohème’

By David Salazar

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has canceled its Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 matinee performance of “La Bohème,” which stars Michael Fabiano and Maria Agresta.

This is the third performance that the company cancels this season. It had canceled the second performance of “La Bohème” as well as the opening night performance of “Idomeneo” due to the ongoing labor strike from the orchestra, which is represented by the Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM).

The Press department for the Lyric Opera sent out the announcement, emphasizing that it is notifying ticket holders of the cancelation.

The musicians went on strike on Tuesday after rejecting the final offer from the management of the Lyric Opera. Per the Orchestra’s Committee, the final offer, given to them on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, featured cuts to their overall work weeks as well as the request that they relieve five members of the orchestra of their duties.

Management reportedly made another offer on Thursday, which the orchestra also turned down. The two sides have repeatedly released statements discrediting the opposition‘s facts. On Thursday, the orchestra sent out a statement noting that Lyric Opera General Director Anthony Freud had a history of failure.