Pension reform: the strikers of the Paris Opera orchestra offer a concert in front of the Palais Garnier

Pension reform: the strikers of the Paris Opera orchestra offer a concert in front of the Palais Garnier

The employees of the institution depend on a special pension scheme, which would disappear with the reform wanted by the government.

Musicians from the Paris Opera, on strike against the pension reform, give a concert in front of the Palais Garnier on January 18, 2020 (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Their previous performances had been noticed. Musicians and singers from the Paris Opera offered passers-by a new concert, Saturday, January 18, on the forecourt of the Opéra Garnier. One way to mark their continued opposition to the pension reform project, against which they have been on strike since early December. Journalists and Internet users, on site, filmed extracts.

A delegation from the Comédie-Française

The staff of the Opera had given a first show on this same square on December 24, accompanied by the dancers, who this time were absent. The orchestra had also performed on the forecourt of the Opéra Bastille on December 31.

They oppose a reform project which would mark the end of the special pension scheme on which the Paris Opera depends. Since the start of their strike, 67 shows have been canceled.

Saturday, 200 people from the different trades of the institution – ballet dancers, musicians, choir and stagehand – were present, as was a delegation from the Comédie-Française, which also has a special regime doomed to disappear if the reform is adopted.