Peter Gelb is shamed againmain
The invitation by Fabio Luisi came right out of the blue. For more than a year, musicians of the Metropolitan Opera have had their pay withheld by general manager Peter Gelb, a strategy to starve them out until they agreed to lower post-Covid wages.
Now the Met’s former principal guest conductor is giving a benefit in Dallas with 40 or 50 musicians from the Met.
It is not often that Texas shows a conscience where New York has none, so relish the moment.
Peter Gelb and the Met board have committed a major moral offence in leaving their musicians unpaid during Covid. That stain will not fade.