In mid-September, musicians and management of the San Francisco Opera agreed to modifications for the remaining three years of their contract, including a salary cut of 50% for the current season. The new terms are effective retroactively from August 2020 through July 2023. “Had we rejected these cuts—including 50% of our weekly salary for the fall season and deep but graduated cuts for the ensuing two years—we would immediately have been without any income or the guarantee of health coverage,” wrote the musicians, members of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA), in a press release.
Musicians maintain that their compensation should not be tied to ticket sales, and that management is not sharing equally in the sacrifices. The opera has reduced its budget from $78.6 to $44 million due to the pandemic.