NEW YORK (AP) -- The Metropolitan Opera is announcing its new season amid financial upheaval.

General manager Peter Gelb has warned that unless quick action is taken, the opera company could face a "disaster scenario" because of the tanking economy.

But Gelb says that even with production cuts, the Met won't compromise artistic integrity in the 2009-2010 season.

Four productions have been sidelined and the Met's endowment of $300 million has dropped by about one-third. Gelb says staffers face pay cuts of 10 percent, starting with himself, and including the orchestra and chorus.

But it's still possible to go to the Met for $15 per ticket.

Tuesday night's performance in New York features star tenor Placido Domingo.


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