‘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.’
This statement by Peter Gelb can only mean one thing – deep pay cuts for musicians and backstage staff, plus some job losses elsewhere in the company.
Other consequences of the year-long Met shutdown, announced today, will be a loss of talent for the next couple of years. People will make other plans. Since the Met has toploaded its 21-22 season with non-central repertoire, world stars will be hard to entice back.
The Met will need to grow its own.