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Classic FM: ‘Met Opera closure leaves ‘devastated’ musicians without pay for over a year’

Classic FM’s Maddy Shaw Roberts wrote a great piece on Metropolitan Opera’s orchestra today. Here’s a taste (please, read it all):

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Committee released a statement saying: “After being furloughed without pay for six months, we are concerned for our members and their families as they navigate what will now be over a year without economic support from the Met.” At the beginning of lockdown, The Met started sharing weekly free virtual streams. In July, as it became clear how long the pandemic might go on for, they announced a new pay-per-view series, Met Stars Live in Concert, featuring some of opera’s biggest stars. In October, a $20 ticket will get you access to live performances in locations around the world from Anna Netrebko, live from Liechtenstein Palace in Vienna; and Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja, who will sing from an unnamed castle in Malta. The orchestra went on to say: “We are devastated that the Met has not found ways to engage the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra during this closure – especially when the Met Stars series shows that there is a possibility for collaboration.

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