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Met Opera Reaches Agreement With Two Unions

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The Metropolitan Opera has reached deals with two of its largest unions hours after the midnight deadline for a potential lockout passed.

The Met came to agreements with musicians union Local 802, and the American Guild of Musical Artists after negotiations that lasted all night.

The opera has also extended the current contract deadline through 12 a.m. Tuesday to give other unions more time to reach a deal.

"I think sometimes, it's New York there are unions everywhere, but sometimes they seem to overpower everything else," one opera fan noted. "At the end of the day two-thirds is a lot of any budget to go towards payroll so you know it's reality it happens in every industry not just this industry."

"Like this is their livelihood, this is their life and careers. You still have to supply basic needs. So I guess, like there can't be paycuts in a sense because if people are surviving off of this people have to dedicate their art full time it's like any other career," said another opera fan.

The Met previously reached new contract agreements with three non-theatrical unions.

Its new season is scheduled to begin on September 22nd.

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