April 26, 2018 / 10:59 PM

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Opera Watch: Is Peter Gelb Completely to Blame for the Metropolitan Lockout?



With the Metropolitan Opera sliding down the slopes of bankruptcy, and with the possibility of closing its doors due to an inevitable lockout, Peter Gelb has come under serious heat.

And who can't blame him for squeezing labor costs of union workers to account for a deficit that he has had to acquire from various donors. These costs amount to somewhere near $150 million, and while it may be Gelb's job to do so, it doesn't seem like a good move on his part.

However, when reading more about the Met debacle, James Jorden at the New York Observer laid out the other side of the story, outlining the achievements that seem to be overlooked by the general public.

A few facts that respond accordingly to the fire engulfing Gelb indicate that he has acquired some serious accolades.

Since his first season in 2006-07, Gelb doubled the number of new productions the company presented to six or seven a year. Nonetheless, the quality of these productions falters on the scale (with production like Prince Igor and Parsifal offsetting Eugene Onegin, which flopped similarly to Faust).


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