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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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Michael Bronson

Michael Bronson has been a member of the symphony/opera/ballet management negotiating committee for national American Federation of Musician contracts for audio/visual, internet, sound recording and radio activity for over 25 years. He is currently vice-chair of the committee.

As a television producer and consultant for Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera for more than two decades, he has negotiated union agreements for their media projects with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA) and IATSE locals for television productions (including home video and international distribution), internet, sound recording and radio broadcasts.

Bronson has over 40 years of experience as an arts administrator, producer of television and radio programs, and arts management consulting in labor relations and media projects. He served as technical and business administrator of the Metropolitan Opera, which included responsibility for negotiation of all Metropolitan Opera labor agreements, as well as the first director of its media department. An Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television producer, he produced the first 10 years of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live from the Met television series; negotiated the Metropolitan Opera’s first long-term international television distribution and home video distribution agreements; and produced television specials including Leonard Bernstein at 70 and Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor, opera productions for Houston Grand Opera (Nixon in China and Little Women) and Washington National Opera, and theater productions for PBS’s award-winning American Playhouse series (Tru and Grapes of Wrath). From 1993 through 2006 he served as the producer of intermission features for the Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts.

As an arts management consultant his clients have included Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Cleveland Orchestra, WNET/Thirteen, OPERA America, Canadian Opera, UNITEL( Munich, Germany), Atlanta Symphony, Van Cliburn Piano Competition, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra and Orpheus Camber Orchestra. He has served as a panelist and company evaluator in the Opera/Music Theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Currently, Bronson is serving as a consultant to the San Francisco Symphony primarily in areas of media labor agreements and producing the live concert programs in their new television series Keeping Score: MTT on Music, and as a consultant for Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera on labor relations and media activity.

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