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The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802, American Federation of Musicians

Thomas Lausmann

Thomas Lausmann

Bradley Brookshire

Bradley Brookshire

Lydia Brown

Lydia Brown

Gregory Buchalter

Gregory Buchalter

Dimitri Dover

Dimitri Dover

Patrick Furrer

Patrick Furrer

Joshua Green

Joshua Greene

Israel Gursky

Israel Gursky

Lydia Brown

Linda Hall

Derrick Inouye

Derrick Inouye

Carol Isaac

Carol Isaac

J. David Jackson

J. David Jackson

Bénédicte Jourdois

Bénédicte Jourdois

Natalia Katyukova

Natalia Katyukova

John Keenan

John Keenan

Jonathan C. Kelly

Jonathan C. Kelly

Yelena Kurdina

Yelena Kurdina

Joseph Lawson

Joseph Lawson

M. F. Lefebvre

Caren Levine

Caren Levine

Liora Maurer

Liora Maurer

Eric Melear

Eric Melear

David H. Moody

David H. Moody

Bradley Moore

Bradley Moore

Gareth Morrell

Gareth Morrell

Adam Nielsen

Adam Nielsen

Nimrod David Pfeffer

Nimrod Pfeffer

Donna Racik

Donna Racik

Nate Raskin

Nate Raskin

Miloš Repický

Miloš Repický

Joel Revzen

Joel Revzen*

Dan Saunders

Dan Saunders

Katelan Terrell

Katelan Terrell

Pierre Vallet

Pierre Vallet

Brian Wagorn

Brian Wagorn

Howard Watkins

Howard Watkins

Marianne Barrett

Marianne Barrett

Loretta Di Franco

Loretta Di Franco

Hemdi Kfir

Hemdi Kfir

Brian Fitzsousa

Brian Fitzsousa

Steven Mitchell

Steven Mitchell

*In Memoriam

ABOUT MUSIC STAFF



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.


Assistant Conductors


Cover Conductors lead rehearsals musically in the absence of the principal conductor and are prepared to lead performances, in case of emergency.


Prompters assist the cover conductor in preparing and coaching singers, as well as prompting (reminding of the upcoming text) during rehearsals and performances.


Pianists/Repetiteurs help to prepare and coach singers, playing the orchestra reductions in staging and musical rehearsals.  They sometimes perform keyboard parts in the pit or backstage, playing recitative accompaniment and conducting backstage, as needed.


Ballet Pianists play for ballet rehearsals and classes, singing cues as needed to rehearse dance sequences.


Diction Coaches


Diction Coaches are hired according to the specific language of a given opera and work to achieve idiomatic pronunciation and language usage by the singers.


Once an opera begins a run of performances, the work of the Music Staff continues.  Assistant conductors, cover conductors and prompters attend performances, helping with singer warmups, corrections from the dress rehearsal or previous performances, or by assisting in case of a cast change.  By working to ensure that a high musical level is maintained through the entire run of an opera, the Music Staff completes the process begun on the first day.

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