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Metropolitan Opera Lockout Looms as Management, Unions Fight Over Cost-Cutting Proposals

Contracts for 15 unions are set to expire at midnight, with management threatening to bar employees from the performing-arts facility for the first time in more than three decades. read more

Lockout threat forces Met Opera into mediation

With time getting down to the wire to reach an agreement, The Metropolitan Opera and two of its three largest unions have agreed to use a mediator to help hammer out a deal. But by early Thursday... To view the full story, click the title link.

Why a Strike at the Met Won’t Bode Well for Music

This post covers the possible strike at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. This year, the contracts between the Met and 15 different unions will expire, and management expects musicians will need to take a pay cut in light of declining box-office sales. However, it is expected that musicians will resist the terms and strike for a better contract.

Shakespeare and Surprises

7 hours agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“The Dream,” “The Tempest” American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, New York July 2, 2014 matinee by Leigh Witchel copyright © 2014 by Leigh Witchel Gillian Murphy in "The Dream." Photo © Gene Schiavone. An unexpected casting change provided some of the most interesting dancing in American Ballet Theatre’s Shakespeare double bill. Show More Summary

The fat lady must sing

Who’d a thunk that the Metropolitan Opera would be the scene of the most important labor battle in town?

And another thing

2 days agoArts : Parterre Box

The MET Orchestra musicians who, we are assured, 'love the Metropolitan Opera and want it to succeed" have revised their PPT deck to identify what they claim is an additional $1.2 million in cost savings to the company...

Metropolitan Opera Talks Restart as Lockout Looms

By Jennifer Maloney, The Wall Street Journal The Metropolitan Opera singers union resumed contract talks on Monday after a two-month hiatus, but union officials said they had little hope of reaching an agreement before a threatened lockout.

Morning 10: MTA capital spending | Opera union talks | West Village shootout

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority may reduce capital spending and cut payments to its health care fund to pay projected labor costs through 2018. The singers' union for the Metropolitan Opera... To view the full story, click the title link.

Insurgents, a Russian specialty

When the Bolshoi Ballet last brought Spartacus to the Metropolitan Opera House in July 2005, they draped Lincoln Center with billboard-sized hanging posters that were fierce red, evil black, and conquering gold. There was no mistaking who was in town....

Fun with graphs

5 days agoArts : Parterre Box

La Cieca has come into an interesting presentation, with fonts and everything, from Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, outlining their solution for the current financial crisis at the Metropolitan Opera.

Crisis engulfs the Metropolitan Opera in New York, world's richest opera company

6 days agoArts : Artdaily

Proposed pay cuts, declining ticket sales, dire reviews and threatened strike action, the Metropolitan Opera in New York is embroiled in perhaps its ugliest crisis in 30 years. As the wealthiest opera company on the planet and the biggest...Show More Summary

Metropolitan Opera Headed for Lockout

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

The Metropolitan Opera is anticipating a significant labor lockout beginning August 1, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Met warns of lockout

A fat lady may be warming up her voice. The Metropolitan Opera’s general manager has threatened a lockout if a labor dispute is not settled by next week.

Met Opera threatens to lock out unions

Tensions rose exponentially on Wednesday in the negotiations between the Metropolitan Opera and its unions after the opera's general manager warned there could be a lock out if an agreement isn't... To view the full story, click the title link.

The battle is on

last weekArts : Parterre Box

"The labor strife at the Metropolitan Opera took on a new urgency Wednesday, when the company’s general manager, Peter Gelb, sent its orchestra, chorus, stagehands and other workers letters warning them to prepare for a lockout if no contract deal is reached by next week."

The man behind the curtain

last weekArts : Parterre Box

"The labor strife at the Metropolitan Opera took on a new urgency Wednesday, when the company’s general manager, Peter Gelb, sent its orchestra, chorus, stagehands and other workers letters warning them to prepare for a lockout if no contract deal is reached by next week."

The Metropolitan Struggles to Keep Opera Alive

last weekArts : Art Fag City

Peter Gelb says keeping opera alive is a battle. Is the Metropolitan Opera winning it?

Revenue, labor woes have Met Opera singing the blues

The Metropolitan Opera's introduction of live broadcasts beamed into movie theaters worldwide was an innovation that was supposed to not only generate much-needed revenue, but also introduce arias... To view the full story, click the title link.

Music is in the air in Harlem this summer

City Parks Foundation kicked off its annual uptown SummerStage festival last week with a Metropolitan Opera recital series held at Jackie Robinson Park

Union accuses Met Opera of unfair labor practices

With contracts expiring on July 31, the drama surrounding the Metropolitan Opera's negotiations with 15 of its unions intensified on Wednesday as one of them filed two unfair-labor-practice charges... To view the full story, click the title link.

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