Opera Union Not Optimistic About Upcoming Talks

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The union that represents the New York City Opera chorus says it's not optimistic about contract negotiations this weekend.

A spokesman for the American Guild of Musical Artists said Friday that the union could decide to end talks Saturday because of what it calls a lack of progress.

If that happens, the union expects to be locked out on Monday.

The union and the company have been meeting with a federal mediator. The union has been without a contract since the spring.

New York City Opera announced in May that it would leave Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to perform at several venues.

Its first opera of the season, Verdi's La Traviata, is scheduled to open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Feb. 12.

A spokeswoman for management said that City Opera is working to reach a deal and will respect a media blackout.

With the Associated Press