Directors of struggling English National Opera have committed to carry on paying the singers it booked for this season.
ENO says it will honour ‘all contracts until the end of the main stage opera season up to and including performances on April 18’.
That is brave, and decent, and the right thing to do.
The Met, on the other hand, has flashed the ‘force majeure’ clause in its contracts, releasing it from the need to pay for events outside of the company’s control. The singers it hired will not receive a cent. This is mean, borderline unethical, and plain wrong.
So what’s to be done?
The Met is forever appealing to the ‘generosity’ of patrons, latterly asking them not to claum refunds for tickets they have bought for the rest of this cancelled season. The Met itself is showing extreme lack of generosity in relation to its artists.
Met goers should recognise that Peter Gelb’s company has something wrong with its human values.
Donors can draw their own conclusions.