- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MILAN (AP) - La Scala has canceled the inaugural ballet of its season because of a strike by the chorus.

The opera house announced `’with regret” that the Wednesday opening of `’Romeo et Juliette” has been called off. The theater said the chorus was seeking extra pay for being required to participate in a segment of the ballet.

The chorus spent longer periods on stage during the recent season-opener of the opera `’Lohengrin,” but the singers argue that the national contract includes provisions for participating on stage in operas, but not ballets.

The one-day strike is not expected to affect future performances.

The strike comes on the heels of complaints by dancers that the stage, including an additional platform for `’Romeo et Juliette,” is slightly slanted. No formal labor action has been taken.