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  • lorenzo.venezia: armer, you’re on your own, baby ;-) 10:02 AM
  • PCally: Jennifer Vyvyan is pretty hard to beat IMO. Not the most distinct timbre but one with an edge that suits the music brilliantly.... 9:28 AM
  • Krunoslav: Donath’s Governess is wonderful, one of her best recordings. Hard to think of a better Governess, either. Every word is... 8:54 AM
  • PCally: Lol sorry about that! That was my thread so yes I was just being dense. But yeah those fcb posts were funny farm material, making... 8:48 AM
  • armerjacquino: According to another thread, Wilson doesn’t take kindly to being discussed on PB. 8:41 AM
  • PCally: Armer, I guess I’m being dense, but do you mind clarifying that? 8:33 AM
  • armerjacquino: “what did you think of Wilson?” Shhhh! *looks around nervously* 8:30 AM
  • PCally: Buster, have you heard her Governess? She recorded the opera with Colin Davis I believe and while I’ve heard mixed things... 8:11 AM

Indecent proposals

On the eve of New York City Opera’s announcement of their 2011-12 season tomorrow at the Guggenheim Museum, La Cieca has been forwarded an email sent by AGMA to its members offering details of what Alan Gordon says are the company’s proposals for the beginning of contract negotiations. The text of the email after the jump.

Subject: NYCO

To: NYCO Chorus & Production Staff

As you know, there is a joint AGMA/802 press conference/rally across the street from the Guggenheim Museum at noon tomorrow, just prior to George Steel’s formal announcement of his proposed schedule. His lawyers have now sent us NYCO’s ‘proposals’ for the AGMA contract, and I have included a list of them below. Although they are destructive in the extreme, we continue to pursue action to save NYCO in all available forums, and it is obviously important for as many of you as is possible to attend tomorrow’s press conference.


  • Eliminate all health insurance.
  • Eliminate ‘contract year’.
  • Eliminate all employment guarantees.
  • Eliminate weekly artists.
  • All employment to be on a per-performance basis.
  • Eliminate re-engagement rights.
  • Eliminate tenure.
  • Eliminate minimum staffing provisions.
  • Eliminate paid time off.
  • Eliminate vacation pay.
  • Eliminate travel time.
  • Eliminate all references to New York State Theater.
  • Eliminate releases and leaves of absence.
  • Freeze severance pay. Payable only to people who resign now.
  • Allow non-AGMA singers, not covered by contract.
  • Eliminate dancers from contract.
  • Eliminate production staff numbers and guarantees.