By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Metropolitan Opera is in a bitter contract fight with two of its biggest unions, which could threaten a planned reopening in the fall.

The opera reached an agreement with the union that represents soloists, actors and dancers.

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Hundreds of stagehands, musicians and other union members, however, are still without a contract.

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They rallied at Lincoln Center outside the famed opera house at noon Thursday.

“We have to get the Met Opera to the table, make reasonable deals, not take-it-or-leave-it, and we go back to work where we belong, putting on the greatest of grand opera on the planet,” said James Claffey Jr., president of IATSE Local One.

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The Met says it’s lost $150 million in revenue the past 14 months and in a statement, officials said, “We are in negotiations with our orchestra and hope to resume negotiations with our stagehands, who are the highest paid stagehands in the world.”

CBSNewYork Team