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Melodrama at the Met
American Magazine, by Rebecca Burgess

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Posted By:EagleBlurst, 7/21/2014 9:40:59 AM

With emotions reaching Wagnerian proportions, the storied Metropolitan Opera has arrived at the penultimate act of its latest melodramatic production: contract negotiations with the 16 unions currently holding sway over the 2,000-plus employees who bring each opera to life. The current labor contract expires on July 31, but as early as this past February, American Guild of Musical Artists Executive Director Alan Gordon was advising members to prepare for a lockout and a cancelled, or partially cancelled, 2014-2015 season. The leitmotif running through the labor discussions has been the possible death of the 130-year-old Metropolitan Opera.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 7/21/2014 10:09:41 AM     (No. 9933686)

When the host-parasite relation goes awry owing to excessive parasitic feeding, the host dies, and then so does the parasite. Biology 101.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Cranky, 7/21/2014 10:21:05 AM     (No. 9933703)

"The highest expression of human understanding?"

Anyone who thinks art is the greatest or highest expression of human understanding misunderstands humanity.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: rosewater, 7/21/2014 10:23:47 AM     (No. 9933705)

Sure love those unions! /sarc

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/21/2014 10:25:10 AM     (No. 9933706)

I´ve been following this upheaval for months. Those who love (and pay for) the performances are disregarded while the egos fight it out.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 7/21/2014 11:14:45 AM     (No. 9933772)

Shut ´em down!

Put ´em out of business!

Let them take their plush velvet seats to the pawnbroker!

That´s the only way to represent the workers.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/21/2014 11:58:59 AM     (No. 9933843)

Philistines.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/21/2014 1:53:12 PM     (No. 9934020)

FTA, "the union endorses salaries over existence..." So, they would rather negotiate the Met out of existence rather than take a salary cut. This is not good negotiation...this is union insanity. The members should be screaming at the top of their lungs, "We don´t want the union representing us anymore!"...but, of course, it is now far too late for that.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: privateer, 7/21/2014 5:12:20 PM     (No. 9934263)

Something is terribly WRONG when a stagehand is paid more than Elizabeth Warren makes to teach a whole class!

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