Metropolitan Opera & AGMA Bargaining Deal Details Revealed

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera)

AGMA has released details to the Metropolitan Opera & AGMA bargaining deal that will see pay cuts for soloists, dancers, and chorus members.

The union announced that all pay cuts would be effective through July 31, 2024 and would be non negotiable.

Rate reductions for every group except per performance soloists will be 2.7% with an extra permanent 1% that goes to AGMA directly.

Rate reductions for per performance soloists, on existing or future contracts will be as following: Contracts with fees greater than $13,999 will receive a 12.65% reduction, contracts with fees from $12,000-$13,999 will receive a 9.5% reduction, contracts with fees from $10,000-$11,999 will receive a 9% reduction, contracts with fees from $6,000-$9,999 will receive an 8% reduction, and contracts with fees less than $6,000 will receive a 6% reduction.

The American Guild of Musical Artists is the labor organization that represents operatic soloists, chorus members, and dancers. 

The news comes only hours after the United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 filed unfair labor practice charges against the Metropolitan Opera and only two weeks after the “We are the Met.” It also comes a few weeks after the union reached a tentative agreement with the Metropolitan Opera.