The announcement follows a four-year agreement ratified last month by Local One of the International Alliance of Theater Stage Employees (IATSE), which represents stagehands and ended a lockout that began on December 8. The Met entered into a four-year agreement in May with the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents choirs and solo artists. The company has not performed since March 11, 2020, due to the pandemic, canceling 276 performances plus an international tour.
The labor war led to a large protest rally in May. The Met plans to resume performances at its Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts home with a requiem from Verdi on September 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The season begins September 27 with the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard Fire shut up in my bones, the company’s first work by a black composer. The company’s spending is largely determined by its 15 union contracts, and the orchestra, choir and stagehand are the three most important agreements.
There are smaller, expired contracts with Teamsters, designers and stage performers, box office workers, film crews, painters, posters and high definition broadcast directors. The contracts for the wardrobe and costume store, wigs and makeup, engineers and mechanics, the call center and service employees expire next July.