The chorus of the English National Opera (ENO) went on strike last night - and gave a free performance of Verdi's Requiem at St Paul's Church in Covent Garden, London, in protest.
The industrial action follows the demands of the ENO's management for the redundancies of 20 choristers, a third of the chorus.
David Dyer, an ENO tenor, said: "This act of cultural vandalism will rip the heart out of a great company.
"This is not a requiem for ENO. Not yet. It's a wake-up call that demands to be heard.''