Yes, it appears the Met’s labor crisis has been averted by successful completion of contract negotiations between the Met and AGMA (pictured, left to right.) Now that we are all breathing again, La Cieca thought the cher public might be interested in seeing the exact terms of at least one of the pacts. Your doyenne has come into possession a copy of the Memorandum of Agreement about which she is sure the keen legal minds of the parterriani will form their own opinions.
Following all-night bargaining with the Met, AGMA and Local 802 “have agreed to cut a little more than 5% of their members’ compensation during the first year of the four-year contract, growing to 7% in the second and third years,” say those familiar with the negotiations. (Note correction, recently updated in the Crain’s article linked.) [Crain’s New York Business]
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is first among equals in a spectacular cast when she sings the title role of Ariodante in this season’s installment of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed cycle of Handel’s operas in concert. A brilliantly melodic work, the opera features outstanding arias for each of the principal singers, including Ariodante’s melancholy “Scherza infida” and show-stopping “Doppo note.” Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring authentic Handelian brilliance to this marvelous opera. (Photo: Simon Pauly) Get tickets. Read more »
AGMA’s Alan Gordon cries “Havoc!” and lets slip the dogs of war, and by “dogs” La Cieca means “artist managers.” It’s another email, leaked after the jump. Read more »
The battle of the management-labor emails continues with Alan Gordon demanding Peter Gelb fire his driver.
Alan Gordon replies to a letter from Peter Gelb we haven’t seen yet. La Cieca has to wonder if the Wendy White thing is really going to turn out to be an effective negotiating tactic.
Alan Gordon, embedded journalist, reports from inside the first AGMA/Met negotiation session.
Alan Gordon has mass emailed AGAM again, and La Cieca’s got a copy of the missive.
parterre box has obtained a memo sent to artists’ managers in which AGMA Executive Director Alan Gordon warns singers contracted to sing at the Met in the 2014-2105 season that due to unpromising developments in upcoming labor negotiations the company may be dark for part or all of the season.
AGMA’s Alan Gordon warns his membership of a possible lockout by the Met if contract negotiations break down this summer.