Details have leaked – inevitably – of a video call in which the Met’s general manager told 500 employees that he would resume paying them a reduced monthly paycheck if they agreed to a 30 percent wage cut after the pandemic.
In plain English: hit them when they’re down.
Musicians in the Met orchestra have not received a cent since April. Many have left town or quit the country altogether. One orchestral star has joined the LA Phil, which stays active while the Met is shut.
‘For the Met to get back on its feet, we’re all going to have to make financial concessions and sacrifices,’ said Gelb, not specifying what cuts he’s planning in a bloated administration or inflated diva demands. The Met will not reopen before September 2021.
These are bad times and Gelb is playing a bad hand.