We hear on the New York opera grapevine that Robert Rattray, Assistant General Manager, Artistic, at the Metropolitan Opera, is in hospital after suffering a stroke at the weekend.
His family are being flown out to his bedside.
Rattray, a former joint head of the AskonasHolt agency in London, was appointed in 2014 to succeed Sarah Billingshurst as, in effect, the Met’s chief talent and casting officer.
In his 60s, Rattray is an unmatched repository of experience and contacts.
The inner world of New York opera is in shock.