Met Opera cancels season, stops pay of orchestra, chorus
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 29: People sit outside the Metropolitan Opera on July 29, 2014 at Lincoln Center in New York City. The Metropolitan Opera’s general manager Peter Gelb has threatened a lockout at the end of July if there is no an agreement with unions to that represent musicians, stagehands and other employees. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Posted at 2:35 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated2020-03-19 14:35:32-04
NEW YORK — The Metropolitan Opera is canceling the rest of its season and stopping the pay of the orchestra, chorus and other unionized employees at the end of March due to the new coronavirus.
Met general manager Peter Gelb said he is giving up his $1.45 million salary until normal operations resume and higher-paid members of his administrative staff are having their pay reduced, by 10-50% for everyone earning more than $125,000.
Individual singers won't be paid for canceled performances.
The Met is launching an emergency fundraising drive of $50 million to $60 million to balance its $308 million budget.
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