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Wall Street Journal
New York’s Metropolitan Opera Opens Its Budget Curtain
Questions Raised About How the Opera Spends its Money as It Seeks Labor-Cost Savings
As the Metropolitan Opera seeks labor-cost savings in difficult contract talks, a broader discussion has emerged about how it spends its money. While Met officials argue that they must cut labor costs as revenue plateaus, union leaders say the opera company should rein in spending on costly new productions.
Take, for example, the $169,000 poppy field used in this season’s $4.3 million production of “Prince Igor.”
How does a flower patch cost $169,000? To explain, the Met pulled back the curtain on the five-year process of developing and budgeting “Prince Igor.” A sweeping Russian drama composed by Alexander Borodin, the Met’s “Prince Igor” runs more than four hours and employs a cast of over 200. In 2009, when the Met was planning its 2013-14 season, it budgeted $3.8 million for the production.