Friday, January 16, 2009

The Met's turn

The Metropolitan Opera, which already had called off costly productions with iffy box-office potential, plans to cut staff salaries by 10 percent and asks for comparable concessions from its unionized workers. As the economy sours, the Met's general manager, Peter Gelb, resists raising ticket prices but fears a deficit rising to the "double-digit" millions, Daniel J. Wakin reports in The New York Times: