The Met Is Out Through The End Of 2021

Among the unions The Metropolitan Opera’s executive leadership is waging war, is International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local One. While all of the Met’s union employees require lead time to adequately prepare, IATSE deadlines are firmest. The union employees, which include stagehands, technicians, and skilled craftspeople, actually build everything you see on stage. That’s not something you can rush without risking injury and throughout negotiations the Union representatives have …

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Met Announces Acquisition Deal With Disney

The Met released the following statement this morning to announce a new exclusive distribution and production deal with the Walt Disney Company. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DISNEY TO ACQUIRE THE METROPOLITAN OPERA COMPANY Global leader in high-quality family entertainment agrees to exclusive distribution and production deal with world-renowned Metropolitan Opera Company, including legendary radio broadcasts and HD simulcast franchise. Acquisition extends Disney’s strategic focus on creating and monetizing the world’s best branded …

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There Are No Toxic Avengers

The 3/15/2021 edition of the New York Times published an article by Julia Jacobs that reports on the beleaguered Metropolitan Opera’s efforts to wage labor war on multiple fronts. Spoiler: it’s no better than where it was a few months ago. Having said that, there was one piece of news that should draw attention. Over the past year, 10 of the orchestra’s 97 members have retired. At just a hair over …

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Gelb’s Puzzling Threshold For “Best Relationships”

The Associated Press published an article on 1/28/2021 by Ronald Blum that examines The Metropolitan Opera’s finances. Nutshell: they saw the same drop in earned income other groups are experiencing but offset that in part by increased unearned income. In and of itself, there’s nothing remarkable there but what should catch your eye is the spin Met general manager Peter Gelb put on that story. “The good news is that we’ve managed …

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