Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, who have been upaid since April 1 this year, say 30 percent of their number can no longer afford to live in the New York area and are seeking new lives elsewhere.
Peter Gelb, the Met general manager, has said he will only pay the musicians if they agree to radically reduced rates.
Federal support for the musicians is non-existent.
The musicians have commissioned a study with Princeton University on the safety of singing opera during Covid-19. It’s a work in progress, but the virus is not going away any time soon. We’ll keep you posted.