Reprieve for Opera chorus

TWENTY members of Scottish Opera’s chorus will keep their jobs for at least nine months in a deal announced by the Opera and unions last night.

Equity, the actors’ union, claimed a victory in turning aside plans to make the entire 34-strong chorus redundant by the end of August. Now only 12 jobs will go, the union said.

The Opera had said it was seeking 88 redundancies, close to half its workforce, in a drastic restructuring plan that provoked an angry backlash in the arts world.

The cuts were forced upon Scottish Opera in an effort to make it live within its 7.5 million annual cash grant.

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