Lyric Opera of Chicago & Chicago Federation of Musicians Reach New Agreement

By David Salazar

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced an agreement with the Chicago Federation of Musicians local #10-208 regarding the modification of the existing multi-year labor agreement that extends through the 2020-21 season.

Per a press statement from Lyric Opera of Chicago CEO and President Anthony Freud, the two sides have found common ground on a new deal regarding compensation and health care package that will tide artists over during these turbulent times of COVID-19.

“The CFM and the musicians of the Lyric Opera Orchestra are pleased to have worked with Lyric to reach an agreement. The agreement helps our members financially in this unprecedented time, and provides a path for Lyric and the musicians to effectively collaborate on finding ways to continue to bring great opera performances to Chicago,” added CFM local #10-208 President Terryl Jares.

“We are hopeful to reach similar agreements with both groups in the very near future,” Freud concluded. “Despite our stage being dark and the devastating financial impact of canceling the remainder of the current season, we do not intend to leave any of our artists and technicians behind.”