Opera Expects to Move Off ‘Unfair’ List

The Louisville Orchestra and its players signed a labor agreement yesterday, ending the impasse that canceled the last orchestra season. Now the Kentucky Opera hopes the agreement between the orchestra and its musicians will mean it can be removed from the American Federation of Musicians’ “international unfair list.”

Kentucky Opera Maestro Steps Down Amid Orchestra Disputes

Kentucky Opera conductor Joe Mechavich is stepping down amid the controversial decision to seat non-union musicians for the upcoming opera performance of The Merry Widow. “Given these circumstances, I am unable to continue my role as conductor for this production,” wrote Mechavich in an email to the Kentucky Opera board and opera patrons. Contract negotiations […]

Union Leaders Rally For Orchestra Musicians

Dozens of union members rallied this morning in front of the Fund for the Arts offices in support of the Louisville Orchestra musicians. Orchestra players and management have been embroiled in a contract dispute for more than a year, and musicians have been idle since their last contract expired in May. Leaders of the AFL-CIO, […]

Kentucky Opera Hires Community Musicians for Next Performance

The Kentucky Opera has hired a group of community musicians to play for next weekend’s performances. The ongoing Louisville Orchestra labor dispute has left the opera without musicians. The company seated a group of union orchestra players for November’s run of Carmen. The players were given a shorter-term version of their collective bargaining agreement with […]

Kentucky Opera’s Marriage of Figaro Opens With No Orchestra

The Kentucky Opera opened its production of Mozart‘s opera, The Marriage of Figaro Friday night—without the musical accompaniment of an orchestra. Due to the Louisville Orchestra’s ongoing impasse between musicians and management, Figaro will run with just two pianos and a harpsichord. Courier-Journal arts reporter Elizabeth Kramer joined us on Friday’s State of the News […]

This Month’s Kentucky Opera Performances to Use Pianos Instead of Orchestra

Ending weeks of speculation, the Kentucky Opera has officially announced that it will use two pianos and a harpsichord as its musical accompaniment for this week’s performances of the Marriage of Figaro. The opera has used musicians from the Louisville Orchestra for performances in the past, but as the dispute between orchestra management and players has dragged on, the […]

UPDATE: Orchestra Musicians Say Contract Talks Continue, Opera Placed on Unfair List

The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra say they have not entirely agreed to a new contract proposal from orchestra management. The latest offer from the management called for any players who remained in Louisville to be signed to a contract that would begin in January. However, the number of musicians would have to shrink to […]

Orchestra Extends “Final Offer” to Players While Opera Talks End

The Louisville Orchestra and the Kentucky Opera have each taken firm stands against the local musicians union. Orchestra management has given the players what they call the final offer for a new contract. It calls for any musicians who are currently in Louisville to be signed to a new contract, with an agreement that enough […]

AFM President Discusses Kentucky Opera Talks

The Kentucky Opera could be bound for the American Federation of Musicians’ ‘unfair list’ if it seeks outside players for performances next month. With the orchestra labor dispute still going, the opera has no easy source for musicians. Opera management struck a deal last month with orchestra players to accompany Carmen, but that deal cost […]

Opera, Musicians at Impasse Over Next Performances

The dispute between the Louisville Orchestra musicians and management has spilled over to the Kentucky Opera. The orchestra provides musicians for the opera, but without an orchestra contract, the opera has no easy means of securing players. Opera management and musicians reached an agreement for last month’s performances of Carmen, but talks for upcoming shows […]