A friend forwards email sent by George Steele to NYCO's mailing list, and it's hard to see any chance of the organization pulling out of the current spin and surviving to stage opera:
I am writing to bring you, a supporter of New York City Opera, up to date on our negotiations with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and Local 802 American Federation of Musicians--the two unions that represent the artistic heart of our organization: the principal singers, the New York City Opera Orchestra and New York City Opera Chorus, along with our wonderful dramatic and musical staff.
As you may have read, on Saturday evening, after months of good-faith negotiations with representatives from the two unions, both rejected the Company's most recent offer. Because the unions have pledged to strike our performances, we simply cannot afford to pay for rehearsals until we have an agreement.
We are hopeful the process will move forward over the coming days and that we will together find a resolution to the tough questions that face all of us.
I look forward to keeping you apprised of developments as they occur in the days ahead. Meanwhile, I thank you--NYC Opera's loyal friends and supporters--for your continued support and understanding.
With best wishes and deepest gratitude,
General Manager and Artistic Director
New York City Opera