Curtains: The Met will stay shut for a yearmain
The signals we picked up were right. The Met will not reopen until September 2021.
This has never happened before in the comany’s 140-year history.
Peter Gelb says the company’s losses will total $154 million.
Next up: pay cuts and personnel losses.
The company plans to reopen on September 21, 2021 with “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” a jazz work that premiered at the Opera Theater of Saint Louis in June 2019. Two other new works in the schedule will be Matthew Aucoin’s “Eurydice,” which premiered at the LA Opera last February and Brett Dean’s “Hamlet” from Glyndebourne.
Gelb said: ‘We can’t resume performing until the pandemic is over with a vaccine that’s widely available and herd immunity having been achieved, and even then the audience is going to return slowly. One of the things that we have to mind going forward is a way with our unionized employees, new economic arrangements that the company can afford going forward.’
Commentary: Is this the end of opera in America?