This (2nd right) is Eugene Keilin, the auditor who is studying the books of the Metropolitan Opera with a view to giving the mediator a workable solution to put to both sides. Mr Keilin has been described as an independent auditor.
Mr Keilin is a long-time donor to the Met. He also has a long history with the CBC (Citizens Budget Commission), a NYC political elite. He was chairman of the CBC from 1999 to 2002 and remains one of its honorary chairs.
During his time as CBC chairman, Diana Fortuna was president of the organisation. Ms Fortuna left the CBC in 2008 to become chief financial officer of the Metropolitan Opera. She remains it CFO to this day.
Her signature is on all the tax forms. Ms Fortuna is responsible along with Peter Gelb for the Met’s financial predicament. Her past professional involvement with the auditor, and his with the Metropolitan Opera, raise some interesting questions about the extent of his even-handedness.