Lyric Opera, musician unions going down to the wire with contract negotiations

Wed Oct 03, 2018 at 2:28 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

With just three days before Lyric Opera opens its season with Puccini’s La Boheme, the company is going down to the wire in its contract negotiations with musicians unions.

While rehearsals have been taking place as scheduled, the company has not yet come to an agreement with either the Lyric Opera Orchestra or the Lyric Opera Chorus, represented by the Chicago Federation of Musicians and AGMA, respectively. The current three-year contracts for each expired last month.

That raises the ominous possibility of a strike delaying Saturday night’s season-opening performance.

In recent years Lyric Opera usually comes to an agreement with the musicians union at the 11th hour, without public comments or acrimony. Neither side is talking publicly or making official statements, which usually indicates that negotiations are going in a positive direction. 

Check back to CCR for updates, possibly later tonight.

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