Peter Gelb now admits to sacking 21 people on Wednesday, although his original list, seen by our informants, runs to 50. There may be more to come.
Most of the victims, if not all, are loyal and veteran staff who have given their lives to the Met. We have been informed of some of the names and publish them below.
First, here’s Gelb’s letter to staff, provoked by the Slipped Disc disclosures.
Dear Members of the Company,
As you know, the Met continues to face economic challenges as it copes with the changing environment for presenting opera. As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce costs, we have offered 21 members of the administrative staff the possibility of participating in a voluntary retirement program, which includes supplemental financial benefits. I appreciate your concerns and hope for your understanding that we are looking out for the long term fiscal health of our beloved institution.
Here are some of those who are being pushed out the door:
Gary Feinstein Director, Subscriptions & Special Services
Mary-Lynn Musco Associate Director, Subscriptions & Special Services
Susan Hayes Director, Customer Care
That’s the entire department of Customer Care and Donor Relations
Annmarie Hackett Director, Human Resources and Labor Relations
Human Resource Manager (Michele Rufrano or Frank DiMaiolo or both)
Production Director (Marketing)
Associate House Manager
and three Payroll Assistants (out of a department of 6)
In addition, we hear that James Levine’s personal assistant Ken Hunt and the ballet administrator Joe Fritz are among the casualties.
Where will the buck stop next?
UPDATE: What’s left to cut?