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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Protesters demonstrate as people arrive for the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center on September 22, 2014 in New York City. Hundreds of people demonstrated against the upcoming production of 'Death of Klinghoffer', which depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the killing of disabled passenger Leon Klinghoffer, saying that the opera is anti-Semitic. The Met's general manager Peter Gelb has disputed the claim. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, protestors attend the arrivals at the Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening in New York to register their disapproval of the Met's decision to premiere the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," later in the season. The opera, about the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer, is expected to attract more protesters when it opens Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Protesters shout as people arrive for the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center on September 22, 2014 in New York City. Hundreds of people demonstrated against the upcoming production of 'Death of Klinghoffer', which depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the killing of disabled passenger Leon Klinghoffer, saying that the opera is anti-Semitic. The Met's general manager Peter Gelb has disputed the claim. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Protestors attend the arrivals at Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in New York. The crowd was protesting the Met's decision to premiere a controversial opera "Death of Klinghoffer," about the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Protesters, many of them Jewish activists, demonstrate as people arrive for the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center on September 22, 2014 in New York City. Hundreds of people demonstrated against the upcoming production of 'Death of Klinghoffer', which depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the killing of disabled passenger Leon Klinghoffer, saying that the opera is anti-Semitic. The Met's general manager Peter Gelb has disputed the claim. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Protesters, many of them Jewish activists, demonstrate as people arrive for the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center on September 22, 2014 in New York City. Hundreds of people demonstrated against the upcoming production of 'Death of Klinghoffer', which depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the killing of disabled passenger Leon Klinghoffer, saying that the opera is anti-Semitic. The Met's general manager Peter Gelb has disputed the claim. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Protesters, many of them Jewish activists, demonstrate as people arrive for the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center on September 22, 2014 in New York City. Hundreds of people demonstrated against the upcoming production of 'Death of Klinghoffer', which depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the killing of disabled passenger Leon Klinghoffer, saying that the opera is anti-Semitic. The Met's general manager Peter Gelb has disputed the claim. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Protestors attend the arrivals at Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in New York. The crowd was protesting the Met's decision to premiere a controversial opera "Death of Klinghoffer," in October about the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, pedestrians stroll at dusk in front of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York's Lincoln Center. Fractious labor negotiations threaten to disrupt the Met's new season for the first time in more than 30 years. This week, the company's general manager, Peter Gelb, vowed to lock out union members _ cutting off pay and health insurance _ unless they settle before contracts expire July 31. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 photo, Layla Claire, right, performs as Helena alongside Elizabeth DeShong performing as Hermia during the final dress rehearsal of "The Enchanted Island," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. "The Enchanted Island" had its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on New Year's Eve Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this March 25, 2013 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra performs during a rehearsal of Handel's "Giulio Cesare." (AP Photo/ Metropolitan Opera, Marty Sohl)
This Dec. 23, 2013 photo released by the Metropolitan Opera shows Danny Burstein as Frosch in Act 3 of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s "Die Fledermaus," in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)
This image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows Olga Peretyatko during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, for Vincenzo Bellini's "I Puritani." The production opens on April 17 for a run of seven performances, ending on the last night of the season, May 10. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)
Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine conducts the MET Orchestra on May 18, 2013 during a rehearsal at Carnegie Hall. The Sunday, May 19 concert by the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall will mark Maestro Levine's first public performance in more than two years after being sideline by a spinal injury. The concert will be broadcast live on SIRIUS XM Channel 74 and streamed on the Met's Web site (metopera.org) beginning at 2:55 p.m. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Cory Weaver)
In this Feb. 26, 2013 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, a scene from Act II of Zandonai's "Francesca Da Rimini" is performed during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Marty Sohl)
The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center is lit at dusk, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
In this Dec. 13, 2012, photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, a scene from Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" is performed during a dress rehearsal in New York at the Metropolitan Opera. The special holiday performance is being sung in English, by, from left, Rodion Pogossov as Figaro, Alek Shrader as Count Almaviva (disguised as Don Alonso), Isabel Leonard as Rosina, and John Del Carlo as Dr. Bartolo. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)
This Nov. 13, 2012 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Barbara Frittoli as Vitellia and Elina Garanca as Sesto in a dress rehearsal of Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)
In this Dec. 24, 2012 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Elza van den Heever is Elisabetta in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda," during a dress rehearsal of Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)
This Nov. 13, 2012 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Giuseppe Filianoti in the title role of a dress rehearsal of Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)
In this April 3, 2012 photo, Korean soprano Hong Hei-Kyung as Violetta, performs during rehearsal for the Metropolitan Opera's "La Traviata," in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this Friday, March 23, 2012 photo, Anna Netrebko performs the title role during the final dress rehearsal of Jules Massenet's "Manon," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 photo, Placido Domingo performs as Neptune during the final dress rehearsal of "The Enchanted Island," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. "The Enchanted Island" had its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on New Year's Eve Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's Metropolitan Opera has reached a deal with its stagehands and says it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions as well.

The Met says it reached an agreement with the stagehands early Wednesday. It is still negotiating with eight smaller unions including those representing painters and costume and makeup artists.

The opera company says rehearsals will continue and the season will open as scheduled Sept. 22.

Management had demanded salary cuts of about 17 percent and threatened to lock workers out if they did not agree.

The terms of the agreement with the stagehands were not disclosed. Published reports said deals reached earlier with the Met's orchestra and singers included concessions by both sides.

The agreements must be ratified by union members.

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