Music: Sweet Harmony

There will be a Met season

It may go down in history as the Metropolitan Opera's elevator contract. Talks with the orchestra started on the second floor of Manhattan's Doral Inn, moved up to the sixth, and then rose still higher to the 17th, where a tentative agreement was finally reached over the weekend. Though the musicians still have to ratify the contract—and 16 other unions must settle as well—one thing seemed virtually certain: the Met will have a 1980-81 season after all.

The chief issue never was pay but hours. The 93 members of...

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