musicians and management are negotiating before the reopening in September

After a 16-month shutdown, a four-year deal was signed involving wage cuts of 3.7% with the promise of a partial adjustment once revenues hit 90% of their forward levels. -pandemic.

After months of uncertainty, members of the orchestra of the prestigious New York Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday announced that they had signed their contract with the management, paving the way for the establishment to reopen next month. “We are very happy to be back to our regular shows very soon and look forward to seeing our audience again”, indicates a press release.

This collective agreement comes after months of sometimes heated negotiations, in particular on cuts in the salaries of musicians, who have not been paid for almost a year, because of the pandemic. “Members of the Met Large Orchestra went through Herculean challenges during the 16-month lockdown, when we struggled to preserveThe institution, said Met Managing Director Peter Gelb. “Now we can’t wait to rebuild and get back to business.»

The terms of the deal were not made public but according to documents cited by the New York Times, the musicians and management signed a four-year deal, involving 3.7% wage cuts with the promise of a partial adjustment once revenue reaches 90% of their pre-pandemic levels.

The lack of agreement had threatened the 2021-2022 season of the Met, which is due to open on September 27 with an opera composed by a black musician on the bill for the first time, Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Terence Blanchard. Management has yet to reach agreements with other, smaller unions.

The Metropolitan Opera in New York announced in July that it would ask the public and all its technical and musical teams to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 for the next season. Children under 12, who are not eligible for the vaccine, will not be allowed access to the Met even if accompanying adults are vaccinated.

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