The musicians walked out at Volgograd Opera earlier this week, complaining of a sharp drop in their pay packet. The wage is about $115 a month.
The threatre has been performing Carmen with piano accompaniment.
‘It was decided to change the conditions of work, and artists have been notified,’ said the theatre director, Vladimir Bozhko. The regional minister of culture, Viktor Gepfner, added: ‘those responsible for disrupting the performance should be punished.’ Full story here (in Russian).