New York (AP) – The Metropolitan Opera has reached an agreement on an employment contract with a locked out stagehand. This is the second of three major agreements needed to resume performance in September after the pandemic.
The deal was struck early Saturday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity, as the agreement would be subject to ratification by the union, which could take place as early as Tuesday.
This transaction was first reported by the Operawire site.
A spokesperson I met, Lee Abrahamian, declined to comment, and Jamie Howitz, a local spokesperson for the International Cinema and Theater Union Alliance (IATSE), declined to comment on Sunday.
The machinist contract expired on July 31 of last year and the union was locked out on December 8.
In May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art struck a deal with the orchestra’s main guild of American musical artists. The contract with local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, which represents the orchestra, expired on July 31 and negotiations are underway.
Due to the pandemic, the company has canceled 276 international performances and tours since March 11, 2020 and has not performed.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its intention to reopen at Verdi-Requiem on September 11 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack. The season kicks off September 27 with the premiere of Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones”.
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