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Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Ratifies New Agreement


The Metropolitan Opera reached a labor agreement with its orchestra musicians in August, allowing the company’s season to start on schedule at the end of September. The 2018-2019 season opened September 24 with a new production of Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila.

The two major musical unions at the Metropolitan Opera, AFM Local 802 (New York City) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) announced the approval of a new contract with the institution.
The unions represent several categories of artists at the Met, including the regular and associate musicians of the MET Orchestra and music staff and assistant conductors, represented by Local 802, and the AGMA-represented chorus, soloists, stage managers, stage directors, staff performers, dancers, and choreographers.

“The Metropolitan Opera’s product is the talent of its skilled musicians and musical artists, who consistently deliver excellence with every performance, both on stage and in the pit,” says Local 802 President Tino Gagliardi. “This summer, the committees negotiated a favorable economic package that will allow the Met to maintain its high standard of musical excellence, balancing compromises made to ensure the institution’s long-term viability with protections for hard-working musicians. The musicians of the MET Orchestra can now turn their attention to bringing the joy of grand opera to New Yorkers and visitors from around the world.”

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