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Met Opera, Stagehands Union Reach Tentative Contract Deal

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The Metropolitan Opera on Wednesday announced it has reached a tentative deal with its stagehands union following contract talks overnight.

Now, it says rehearsals and pre-season preparations will continue without a work stoppage.

The institution also reached deals with musicians union Local 802, and the American Guild of Musical Artists on Monday.

It says it's still trying to hammer out agreements with eight smaller groups.

Final negotiations are expected to take place Wednesday, and the opera says it expects all of its union-represented employees to agree on a deal.

"I've been holding my breath just like every other New Yorker because we know that the Opera is one of the greatest shows in New York City, and in the world," said one opera fan.

"It's part of New York. The majesty, the beautiful settings, everything. It's a beauty. People come from all over to the Metropolitan Opera so it's wonderful," said another opera fan.

The president of Local 1 says the contract settlement will be presented to members for ratification.

If approved, it will allow for significant savings.

The new agreements are the result of six-month long talks between the Met and its employee unions.

The upcoming season of the Opera is expected to begin as scheduled, on September 22.

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