Another day, another deadline passed, another sign of Peter Gelb’s failed strategy. Ten stage unions continued talks through the night. Moments after midnight, a Met spokesmen told the media there was ‘nothing to report’.
A source close to the musicians points out the wider implications of the financial oversight that Gelb has conceded is likely to work. Gelb, he says, will be managing in handcuffs. ‘Every time the financial analyst points out what has to change to save money, the board will ask themselves, “Why wasn’t Peter doing this before?”’