With activists preparing to picket the Met’s season-opening production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” tonight, I think it is important that the public understands why the Met is not dedicating its performance to the oppressed gay citizens of Russia, even though we’re being pressured to do so.
Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, took an 11 percent pay cut in 2009 to $1.3 million in salary and benefits as the company’s endowment got sliced by the world financial crisis.
Ravens flying through a winter backdrop transported operagoers into Tchaikovsky’s very Russian story of fiery, futile love, “Eugene Onegin,” in a new production that opened the season at the Metropolitan Opera last night.
If you don’t have tickets to the last performance of Wagner’s “Gotterdammerung” (Twilight of the Gods) at the Metropolitan Opera on May 11, why not stay home and sing along with Deborah Voigt, the Brunnhilde, while crisping your fingers on an oven burner?
James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera’s music director, earned $2.1 million in 2010, up 39 percent from a year earlier and more than the compensation of the general manager, Peter Gelb, according to the Met’s 2010- 2011 tax return.