Exclusive: Peter Gelb wields the axe in a day of the long knivesmain
We hear that around fifty staff members of the Metropolitan Opera were fired yesterday, including some fairly senior administrators.
Some victims were told that Peter Gelb had to make $20 million worth of cuts after a fundraising failure last year.
No mention was made of the Met’s box office decline to well below 70 percent, or the continuing drift of a once-loyal audience to suburban Live from the Met screenings.
It is understood that most of the sacked staff are non-union. Many have not received a pay rise in eight years.
Gelb, by internal calculations, is working to a revised budget of $280 million.
Not a happy way to start the season.
If you are one of the people sacked, do get in touch with your reaction – anonymously, if you like.
UPDATE: One sacked director is named.
2nd UPDATE: What will Gelb cut next?