Open letter from Olivia S. in Konstanz, Germany:
Dear Mr. Gelb, I am deeply shocked about the transmission of the Aida last Saturday. Montserrat Caballe,one of the best singers of the 20 Century died- and there was no announcement, no minute of silence! It is a shame! She had sung at some of the greatest moments in the History of the Metroplitan Opera House! Is this Style? Honor? Class? I am so angry about this disgrace!
An artist gave her soul, her life, her personality, to fulfil the composer’s ideall. It is YOUR JOB to to that! You, as General Manager are responsible for the behavior of the Opera House. At La Scala, in Madrid, Vienna, even in Basel, Bremen, Saarbrücken, at the BOLSHOI!!! there was a minute of silent. Not to mention the tactful and grateful tribute at the Website of La Scala! Its a shame! I am so angry about this! And i do hope, that you get information about this letter. With greetings from Germany Olivia S.
UPDATE: The Met issues belated regrets