Peter Gelb is shamed again

Peter Gelb is shamed again


norman lebrecht

April 12, 2021

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.




  • Veit Pogner says:

    Oh, Norman. You were doing so well then you had to slam Texas. Just couldn’t play nice could you?

    • Bone says:

      Was thinking same. Since you are speaking from total ignorance, NL, I’ll let you continue to espouse the virtues of yankee generosity in the hopes that you and your ilk remain in the north, believing yourselves superior to us southern rednecks.

      • Proud Southerner says:

        Yanks are again carpetbagging in droves to the red states which is why we laugh at them, slamming our doors in their pushy, greedy faces. As usual they can’t afford their emotionally-charged taxes and laws so they’re fleeing NY…yet again. We’re charging them triple at every step starting with the move. LOL!!

      • Maria says:

        In the North? NL lives in London, so West in England!!

      • Tom Phillips says:

        We are UNQUESTIONABLY morally and intellectually superior to people who voted for Ted Cruz and supported the terrorist insurrection of January 6.

      • Tom Phillips says:

        We ARE unquestionably morally and intellectually superior to those who voted for Ted Cruz and supported the terrorist insurrection of January 6.

      • Bill says:

        On the contrary Mr. Lebrecht has several positive characteristics which outweigh his sophomoric headlines.

        Norman has shown himself to be a conservative capitalist! Note the floating page demanding money in a free market. My kinda businessman.

    • Edoardo says:

      Slashing gives immediate moral superiority

    • Peter San Diego says:

      I thought that was rather funny.

    • BRUCEB says:


  • Tiredofitall says:

    I remember Peter claimed he didn’t need much sleep at night. Good thing.

  • Haley James says:

    Well, there’s no COVID in Texas, so they don’t have to be concerned.

  • FrankUSA says:

    I’m not sure if this will be allowed. But the boundary has been crossed. Peter Gelb is a piece of shit.

    • Hayne says:

      Gelb doesn’t care as long as he has the board on board with him.

      • Save the MET says:

        As long as he has something to hold over the boards head. He really has no excuse for retaining that job. Never was right for it from day one and the MET is poorer for his tenure.

  • MacroV says:

    I know people love to slam Peter Gelb here. Look, he’s doing the job the Board wants him to. Maybe enthusiastically, and maybe he could resign if he objects. But look at the Board.

    Also, I don’t know what the Dallas SO has been doing, but the musicians there are the bulk of the payroll; at the MET they’re practically a rounding error, what with stagehands, dancers, choirsters, etc.. Pay one group, you have to pay them all. In other words, the MET has a lot more people to pay (or not pay) than Dallas.

    • A. Wintour says:

      The Met has yet to confront their white privileged board crying poor. They’re collapsing on their enormous egos with Peter leading their klan, white hood and all.

      • Minnesota says:

        Troll of the year award candidate!

        • Lyle says:

          ‘Minnesota’ where Maxine Waters (D) just incited VIOLENT INSURRECTION if her narrow view of a legal proceeding does not go HER way?!?!?!

          Enjoy watching your State and other Democrat-run hovels burn to the ground yet again with the verdict.

      • Ian Dalton says:

        Interesting point. The met board as well as sd for that matter have rejected top level diversity.

        • Bradley Chen says:

          Both have white males in charge

          • Save the MET says:

            Actually not, the MET board for some years now has been run by three women, Ann Ziff,
            Frayda B. Lindemann and Mercedes T. Bass. Gelb has to have tapes, or is doing all three to retain that job. Really a sad state of affairs. He literally is the worst GM the company ever had and there have been a few doozies. Maybe this is why he says doesn’t sleep.

  • M McAlpine says:

    Why continually bang on about the Met musicians when there are so many other musicians – and so many other people – in the same boat? Many people have lost their living including musicians close to me. They are not privileged;eged to be mentioned in SD

    • BRUCEB says:

      The leaders of the industry serve as an example to the others. Administrators/board members of other orchestras can say “look, even the MET, in their huge city with their enormous donor base and incredible public profile, isn’t paying their musicians — how do you expect us to do it?”

      Granted, they could still say the same thing if the MET was paying its musicians; but it would look like even more of a cop-out.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Maestro Luisi; what a thoroughly decent man and excellent conductor.

  • singeril says:

    You obviously know very little about Texas and the huge heart that the people have. And now, nearly a month after Biden insulted the entire state, the “Neanderthal thinking” of that state continues to see a drop in Covid cases (not the rise that was predicted). They are done MUCH right in the great State. And, doing so much better than New York or many other east coast States.

    • MacroV says:

      Biden didn’t insult the state; he criticized the government for re-opening from COVID prematurely, and rightly so (there’s that old Trumpian tactic: “He didn’t insult me; he insulted YOU!”). And Texas is still suffering badly from COVID; what on Earth are you talking about?

    • Jeoffrey Banks says:

      Cuomo’s incompetence between his murderous nursing home edict and illegal immigrant stances alone already ruined NY along with the lack of jobs plus his “tax businesses more, tax the rich”. Criminals and child molesters were placed in the UES & UWS where even the Clinton loving libs threw them out. Now the woman in charge of the border is abandoning ship due to both her and Kamala’s failures…so far.

      verified source

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    It’s an opera company; not a home for a symphony orchestra. The union and the musicians can still agree to negotiate.

  • JDC says:

    Blood from a turnip, perhaps?

  • Nick says:

    When is it going to be “the end to Peter Gelb @ The Met”?!?
    We all can’t wait already.

  • Karl says:

    “It is not often that Texas shows a conscience?” That really should be retracted. I could say the English don’t have a conscience too. The English owe me and my Scottish brethren reparations for hundreds of years of oppression. Remember Culloden!

    • Sarah says:

      You must be so old to have been at the Battle of Culloden, and that purple, cream and orange tartan! A bit long before my time. Your country voted to stay in the UK with piles of money poured into Scotland from England via the Barnett scheme, and then still crowing along with Nicola Sturgeon and now the lovely Alex Samond about Independence and rejoining the EU. It’s 2021 and you can’t have your cake and eat it.

      • Karl says:

        I don’t even live in Scotland. But my father did. And his father’s father’s father was oppressed by the English swine. That gives me the right to reparations!

      • Barry Guerrero says:

        How can we ‘remember’ Culloden if we know nothing about Culloden, or any of the other names you mentioned. If you’d like us to be concerned about Scotland’s plight, maybe you might want to fill in the blanks.