City Opera and Musicians Resume Talks

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New York City Opera and its musicians resumed talks with a federal mediator on Saturday, just days after the company locked out the musicians after contract negotiations broke down last weekend.

City Opera spokesperson Risa Heller confirmed that the discussions have resumed, although scheduling difficulties cut them short on Saturday. She said they are expected to resume on Sunday morning.

The lockout on Monday cast doubts on the company's season-opening production of La Traviata at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Feb. 12.

If an agreement isn't reached this weekend, union officials say, it will be hard to mount the Verdi opera. “If they wait too long they will be unable to meet their performance schedule,” Tino Gagliardi, president of Local 802, told Crain's New York.

The season has already been drastically cut, down to four productions, which makes even one cancellation a blow to the company's viability.