Opera lovers shouldn't give up hope yet. The New York City Opera and its orchestra union have reached a tentative agreement, a step forward for the parties to get the season underway.
Company management and members of the American Guild of Musicians and the American Guild of Musical Artists were still in talks Tuesday evening but are expected to vote on the deal today and tomorrow. Details have not been released about the deal.
The company's season has been on pause since talks broke down between management and the unions, at which point the company called a lockout earlier this month.
The opera company has been facing economic troubles for a while now. After facing major budget cuts, the company was forced to move out of its longtime home at Lincoln Center and scale back performances, cutting the number of operas this season from 16 to 12.
The season's first show, La Traviata, is scheduled to begin Feb. 12 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Rehearsals for the show were supposed to start Jan.9, but were canceled because of the lockout.