The man who wants to revive New York’s City Opera

The man who wants to revive New York’s City Opera


norman lebrecht

December 01, 2014

Gene Kaufman is an architect and developer who makes hotels that look like this.

holiday inn kaufman

Not pretty.

But Kaufman has another side. He’s married to a pianist, Terry Eder, and he sits on the board of Glimmerglass Opera.


When not throwing up concrete matchboxes in the air, he wants to take over the remains of City Opera and bring it back to life.

City has been given until December 18 by a judge totalk itself out of bankuptcy with a revival plan. Kaufman persuaded the judge that, if it fails, its assets will be sold off.  This is Kaufman. He’s counting the days.

gene kaufmann


  • Carlos says:

    Best of Luck to Mr. Kaufman! The world needs people like him!

  • Gabby Cadaver says:

    Excellent. Go for it, Mr. Kaufman!

  • JAMA11 says:

    Norman, please, tell us what you really think.

  • Renaissance man says:

    There is a much stronger plan not inv9lving Kaufman, who has no producing experience, that will be revealed very soon. Be excited!