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  • steveac10: And so it goes. Interesting that the other major player (IATSE) is actually negotiating since they... 6:09 PM
  • Krunoslav: Right, and then SUMMER AND SMOKE with Nathan Gunn before tackling NIGHT OF THE IGUANA opposite... 5:42 PM
  • Krunoslav: I don’t think anyone has ever raised questions that she was born in 1929. She may have bent... 5:36 PM
  • tiger1: Is it now we are supposed to congratulate you on your impressive wit, Melot’s YB? 5:30 PM
  • La Cieca: “Beverly Sills sang Hanna at Philly’s Shubert Theater in 1947, when she was 18 years old; she... 5:13 PM
  • Clita del Toro: And Renee’s hands are not expressive like Callas’. She tries, and maybe in her... 5:11 PM
  • Krunoslav: Is Mothra under contract to Sony? 5:09 PM
  • Krunoslav: “I’ve always known that anybody who takes on Hanna Glawari is more or less bringing her... 4:58 PM
  • Melot's Younger Brother: A friend once asked If I knew what a tribute band was and explained that it was made... 4:51 PM
  • La Cieca: But in the novel the cause is much more prosaic and therefore more embarrassing: Lawson,... 4:37 PM

Must… reach… endowment…

The Man of Steel is in danger again, this time from a new gang of supervillains: Lila and DeWitt Wallace. [NYT]

War talk

Although La Cieca (center) has never played Fort Sumter, she thinks she can recognize the sound of a shot being fired. A forwarded email, after the jump. Read more »

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. Read more »

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Meet and grate

La Cieca’s spy attended today’s confab between George Steel (representing NYCO) and 29 singers and production personnel (AGMA) and 24 orchestra members (Local 802). The spy’s observations after the jump.  

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The seasons alter

La Cieca is informed that the New York City Opera and AGMA are meeting today for discussions relating to the company’s 2011-12 schedule—which, by the way, is supposed to be announced sometime this week, but La Cieca isn’t holding her breath.

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Picket a little, talk a little

AGMA today filed unfair labor practice charges against the New York City Opera, alleging a pattern of illegal bad faith bargaining. According to a press release from the union, they will soon also seek an injunction in an effort to prevent City Opera from effectuating its announced intention to move out of Lincoln Center.

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May or may not

La Cieca has been advised not to expect any sort of announcement  about the New York City Opera’s 2011-2012 season, even whether there will be such a season, until after a meeting of the board of the company on May 19. In the meantime, AGMA has announced they will not pursue a job action against NYCO on Sunday because, really, what’s the point? [via Backstage]

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NYCO strike a “virtual certainty”

AGMA  has warned the agents representing Lauren Flanigan and other singers appearing in New York City Opera’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon that a work stoppage on April 30 was a virtual certainty absent the successful resolution of a new collective bargaining agreement.

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pact checkers

La Cieca is delighted to learn that “the New York City Opera and the American Guild of Musical Artists, AFL-CIO, have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining contract, helping to ensure City Opera’s continuing place in the forefront of American opera,” according to a press release from the NYCO. Since Alan Gordon and George Steel so ably brought to fruition what at one point seemed a hopeless project, La Cieca suggests that now they lend their persuasive talents to the cause of health care reform.

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they could go on singing

La Cieca hears that after two days of negotiations a “tentative agreement” has been reached between AGMA and the New York City Opera. Members of AGMA will vote on August 20 whether they choose to ratify the agreement as the negotiating committee has recommended. According to our source, AGMA has made “some concessions,” though apparently they are “better” than those made by 802.

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