Aug 18, 2014

By Scott Walker

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A major breakthrough in labour negotiations at the Metropolitan Opera.

The Met announced early this morning it has reached a tentative agreement with two unions representing musicians and performers.

The company had threatened to lock out performers if there wasn’t an agreement by midnight last night. The announcement follows an all-night bargaining session that went past the deadline.

A lockout would have threatened the coming season at the largest performing arts company in the US, and shaken confidence in the company as it struggles with declining ticket sales.

General Manager Peter Gelb initiated the crisis by demanding steep pay cuts from all unions. Details of the proposed agreements have not been released. They must be ratified by the unions an the company board.

Negotiations with a third union representing stagehands continues.

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