New York Wagnerites make gift to Met musicians

New York Wagnerites make gift to Met musicians


norman lebrecht

March 11, 2021

The Wagner Society of New York has given $5,000 to the Met Orchestra Musicians Fund, showing its support for more than 150 musicians who have not been paid, on Peter Gelb’s orders, since April 2020.

Gelb’s cruel and unnatural policy looks more outrageous with each passing day.

drawing (c)  Emmanuelle Ayrton


  • #FireGelb #WheresYannick? says:

    The world is watching you Peter, and the world is judging you, Yannick.

    • Greg Bottini says:

      Well, the world of opera buffs and MET employees, anyway.

      • Tiredofitall says:

        The City of New York will care when the Met’s existence becomes ever more fragile – and the target of a general public outcry. It’s not the city’s largest generator of jobs nor revenue (or artistic quality), but the presence of a major opera company is a mark of prestige for important international cities. Yes, Mr. Gelb, we are all watching you.

  • Anon says:

    Over 150 musicians, $5000 donation, about $30 each.

    • BruceB says:

      It’s called “giving what you can.”

    • Sort of says:

      It would be, except that from what I understand, only a select few in the group are actually receiving funds. Apparently, they need to prove their poverty to receive funds, rather than distributing it equally.

      • John says:

        The IRS does not permit
        The giving oof equal funds, which is why they have an independent board review applications- of which nearly 80% received grants-
        According to their website, and knowledge of legal matters.

    • Betty K says:

      No, that’s not how it works. Contributions go into the Fund, and those members who need grants apply for them.

    • Jack says:

      How many million did you donate?

  • M.Arnold says:

    To nitpick, Norman:
    Wagnerite is a mineral. We Ring Cycle lovers are Wagnerians.

    • BruceB says:

      Interesting! Didn’t know there was a mineral.

      I’ve always heard “Wagnerite” to mean “devotee of Wagner,” and “Wagnerian” to mean someone who performs his music (or, as an adjective, to describe a voice suitable for it). As in, most Wagnerites agree that Hildegard Behrens did not have a truly Wagnerian voice but Birgit Nilsson was a true Wagnerian.

    • Gerald says:

      Did you ever hear of G.B. Shaw’s “The Perfect Wagnerite”?

      • M. Arnold says:

        Yes, I know it but I wonder if Shaw had written about Beethoven or Brahms, what would he have entitled it?

  • Logic says:

    The Met is flat BROKE!!!

    They clearly can’t afford to pay anybody or take on more debt.

    • Max Raimi says:

      As I understand it, they are still finding the money to pay much of the administration. And the Met’s peer orchestras , on the whole (such as mine), have found a way to pay a significant portion of their musicians’ salaries through the pandemic. There is no way to look at this and not be appalled.

    • Larry D says:

      Logic has no place on Slipped Disc. How presumptuous of you to make an appearance!