Mar 19, 2021
By Andy Johnson
The Canadian Music Director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera is standing up for the company’s artists.
Yannick Nezet-Seguin has sent a letter to the Met’s leadership urging it to find a solution to compensate the artists appropriately.
The 46-year old from Montreal says the many months the orchestra and chorus has gone without pay during the pandemic has become increasingly unacceptable and the company risks losing world class talent permanently.
Prior to this week, the Met was last major ensemble in the US without a deal for at least some pay during the pandemic. The musicians were scheduled to receive their first partial paychecks since last April.
The Met estimates it’s lost $150 million in in earned revenue since being shuttered.