Opéra de Lyon Cancels Performances of ‘Le Coq d’Or’ Due to Strike

By David Salazar

The Opéra de Lyon was forced to cancel performances of its production of “Le Coq d’Or” due to a protest taking place on the theater’s grounds.

The building is currently being occupied by staff members on strike who are demanding “cultural, ecological, economic, and social justice.” Meanwhile, the company has sought out a court order to evict the protestors. However, the delays forced the company to cancel the May 23 – 26 performances of the Rimsky-Korsakov opera.

“Today, we are constrained, unfortunately by tentative dialogue and proposals made by the occupants, and must abandon our performances. In effect, the occupation of the Opéra de Lyon, particularly for sanitary and security reasons, is not compatible with a public reopening, the company said in a statement.

The company is planning to move forward with performances scheduled for May 29 through June 6. “Le Coq d’Or” is set to be conducted by Daniele Rustioni and directed by Barrie Kosky in a co-production with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the Komische Oper Berlin. It will star Dmitry Ulyanov, Vasily Efimov, Nina Minasyan, Andrei Popov, and Margarita Nekrasova, among others.