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All fall down

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, and that “it would be prudent for our principal singer members who have future contracts at the Met, and their agents, to… explore other sources of 2014-2015 employment.”

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Eye openers

“New York’s Metropolitan Opera to Seek Pay Cutbacks From Unions: Proposal Is a First in Company’s 134-Year History” {Wall Street Journal]

“We are working very hard to secure a good replacement for Anna Netrebko in this important part, and as soon as we know who will be replacing her, we will of course be back in touch.” [Royal Opera House]

Kim Kardashian Reportedly Ditches Date at Vienna Opera Ball After Disturbing Blackface Incident” [Celebuzz]

Local man

After four years of delegating union talks to his predecessor, Joseph Volpe, Met honcho Peter Gelb will now lead negotiations himself. [New York Times]