The Met Settles: Here Are Some Details That Are Probably New To You

On Tuesday, 8/24/2021, The Metropolitan Opera announced it had reached an agreement with the musicians’ union that will get the opera company back up and running by early September. While a copy of the final agreement has yet to be released, I did manage to secure some details from inside sources with firsthand knowledge. The four-year term generates a 20 percent cumulative cut for existing musicians that comes from a variety …

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Thinking About The Better Part Of Valor

Assuming The Metropolitan Opera doesn’t settle the ongoing labor dispute with Musicians beforehand, July 18 may be the earliest date for details to emerge about the recent tentative agreement between the employer and IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees). July 18 is the date IATSE members plan to hold their ratification meeting so it’s reasonable to assume that will be the earliest we can expect to see reliable details about the …

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Things May Be Coming To Head At The Met

First AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) settled and now IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees). While neither side in the agreement has released information about the deal, the folks over at have an inside source that says Met General Director Peter Gelb fell far short of the cuts he went to war over. Per information supplied to OperaWire, the agreement was struck early on Saturday morning and includes a …

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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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