The contract covers wages and working conditions and the upcoming move into the new $145 million Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, where Atlanta Opera is scheduled to inaugurate the John A. Williams Theatre on September 29 of next year with a new production of Turandot.
Atlanta Opera general director Dennis Hanthorn said in a statement, "We worked together to create a fair agreement for both sides to strengthen our future as a company. As we enter a new era at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, it was very important to us to solidify our relationship with the orchestra who has been so supportive during our transition to the new theater. We will continue to elevate our artistic product, and our orchestra will play a pivotal role."
Also scheduled for the company's 2007-08 season is the company premiere of Carlisle Floyd's 2000 opera Cold Sassy Tree, the company premiere of Hansel and Gretel in the Basil Twist production currently playing at Houston Grand Opera, and Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.