Monday, February 9, 2009

The Met Facing Bleak Future Under Gelb?

Dear raeders, I have recently found out that the Met is facing just as much of a loss with its funding as many other institutions and companies are across our great nation. Peter Gelb, the company's General Manager, has been quoted by the New York Times as saying:

"The economic crisis has had an effect on all cultural institutions, and the Met is no exception. It's affected our endowment, it's affected our cash flow, it's affected our revenue streams. What we don't want is for it to affect our artistic productivity."

Hopefully it will not lessen the standards of opera being produced there, but sacrifices must inevitably be made somewhere. As of the time of the article on the subject, Gelb was attempting to discuss with the Met's principal singers the possibility of taking a cut in performance fees. Let us hope they follow the examples of singers during the Great Depression who cut their fees drastically. If one is interested they can read more on the situation here at Opera News

1 comment:

Rae-Mae said...

Well, her latest "Strauss: Four Last Songs and other Arias" is very wonderful! She has now recorded them twice, and that CD just is a sentiment to how much her voice has grown. "Handel" happens to be my favorite CD of Renee's! I recommend that one; you won't regret it!

Also, I really love those Mozart operas! She does fantastic in both. I recommend Nozze, she really owns the role of the Countess. Do a little aria research and maybe you can make your decision, for both operas are amazing!

Hope this helps! And thanks for the free opera downloader, I appreciate it!!