22 Jun Metropolitan Opera Music staff website is live
Preparing the Metropolitan Opera’s enormous repertoire poses a tremendous challenge due to the intensity of the work and the lengthy season. Helping to meet the challenge is one of the most intrepid groups of musicians in New York City – the Metropolitan Opera Music Staff.
Represented by the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, the current Staff numbers forty-two members who are contracted for specific productions. Individual contracts specify a wide range of responsibilities to be covered by the seven full-time and thirty-five part-time members. Though all are designated either as assistant/associate conductors, staff pianists, or diction coaches according to their specific skill sets, their unique responsibilities in the rehearsal process contribute the first points of musical contact between singers, dancers, directors, and the MET Opera at the beginning of each production preparation.