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Met Opera cancels season, stops pay of orchestra, chorus

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 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.