Orchestra Faults Met Chief’s Record as a Lockout Looms
By Michael Cooper
• The New York Times • Sunday, July 27, 2014
Facing a potential lockout that could halt work at the Metropolitan Opera when its labor contracts expire next week, representatives of the company’s orchestra sat down with the administration on Friday for their first across-the-table negotiating session since February.
The meeting appeared to be less than harmonious.
Carlo Bergonzi, Masterful Operatic Tenor, Dies at 90
By Margalit Fox
• The New York TImes • Sunday, July 27, 2014
Carlo Bergonzi, one of the 20th century’s most distinguished operatic tenors, renowned for the refined interpretive taste and keen musical intelligence he brought to his art, died on Friday in Milan. He was 90.
An epic battle in streaming music is about to begin, and only a few will survive
By John McDuling
• Quartz • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Music is now undeniably an internet industry—more than 70% of the music consumed in the first six months of the year in the US was either downloaded or streamed, according to Nielsen SoundScan’s latest numbers. And internet industries tend to be winner-takes-all markets. Think Google in search, YouTube in online video, or Facebook in social media.
Metropolitan Opera Leader Warns of Lockout
By Jennifer Maloney
• The Wall Street Journal • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Metropolitan Opera's general manager said Wednesday that the company would likely lock out its union workers starting Aug. 1, and advised employees to prepare for a work stoppage.
Opera's Old-Fashioned Race Problem
By Gwynn Guilford
• The Atlantic • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
For the last two weekends, 38 white amateur performers in Seattle cinched up their obis and daubed on facepaint to perform The Mikado—standard fare for an operetta set on the fictional Japanese island Titipu where characters are given ridiculous names like Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum.
Revenue, labor woes have Met Opera singing the blues
By Theresa Agovino
• Crain's New York • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Those numbers, and the Met's deficit, are among some of the hard realities facing the company as it attempts to renegotiate contracts with its 15 unions. Many observers think a strike or lockout will occur, which could further damage the Met's shaky finances.