Torn No More: Metropolitan Opera and Peter Gelb End Contract Negotiations and Avoid Lockout, Season Starts September 22
And thus, the strife is o'er for the Metropolitan Opera. After weeks of back-breaking negotiations, all parties can look forward to the forthcoming season, as Peter Gelb & Co. have finally ended the renewal process.
The cease fire was announced earlier this week by Allison Beck, deputy director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which voided its threat of calling for a lockout if a decision could not be reached, according to the New York Times.
The September 22 opening date should arrive as planned with a new Richard Eyre production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by famed music director James Levine.
Tino Gagliardi, president of Local 802, said in a statement: "After many hours of deliberation, today we have reached a tentative agreement which is subject to the approval of Local 802's executive board and ratification by the Met Orchestra Musicians."