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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gelb's Latest Controversy

Updated 6/4/2012 at 8:02 est

Max Bialystock

After Mr. Gelb was called out for complaining and influencing the withdrawal of a well written piece by a WQXR blog critic a month ago, one would think he would have stopped his attempts to censor criticism of his product and tenure. Obviously not.  Thin of skin and now most probably concerned about his job with the cost of the Ring Cycle coming in at least double the original $16.0 million he still touts to the press, he continues on his censorship crusade. The New York Times broke a story today that Peter Gelb has been "collaborative" with the Metropolitan Opera Guild regarding ending their criticism of the Metropolitan Opera in Opera News Magazine.  The rub here is, the Managing Director of the Guild, Stewart Pearce is a Gelb appointee, approved by a Board he controls, so much for "collaboration."  Perhaps Mr. Gelb should spend more time in "little old lady land" and not worry about what is said of him.  Insiders tell me he needs money fast to cover his deficits.  So without further ado, here is the New York Times article by Dan Wakin followed by links to various arts, philanthropy and informational blogs from throughout the World.  We will continue to update this page as the critiques of this action come in! 

New York Times Article

Norman Lebrecht's Slipped Disc Blog

Parterre Box Blog 1

Parterre Box Blog 2

The Atlantic Wire

Philanthropy Today

Lisa Hirsch's Iron Tongue Blog

Musical Toronto Blog

Sketchy Details Blog

Philip Kennicott Blog

Nico Devilliers Blog

RSS News Desk

John's Opera Ramblings Blog

Grapeful Blog

Helsingin Sanormat: (Finnish)

Forum Opera Blog (French)

Tim's Smith's colum on the Baltimore Sun Blog

Terry Teachout's About Last Night Blog

David Stabler on the Oregon Live Blog

Orf Blog (German language Austrian Blog)

A Liberal's Libretto Blog

Old West Arts Blog

Alex Ross's The Rest is Noise Blog

Anne Midgette on the Washington Post Blog

Justin Davidson Vulture Blog

Likely Impossibilities Opera Blog

On Opera Blog

Carolines Blog

Sounds and Fury Opera Blog

Poynter Blog

Super-Conductor Blog

Salazar's Opera Family Circle Blog

Classical Life Blog

The Omniscient Mussel Blog

Real Clear Arts Blog

Well Sung Blog

The PR Verdict Blog

Richmond Times Dispatch Blog

Flack's Revenge Blog

Cricket Toes Blog

Lieto Fine London Blog

Perfectly Rational Dog Blog

Solgerd Islav Blog (Swedish)

Index on Censorship Blog

New Yorker Magazine, Alex Ross

New York Times letter to the editor

Boise State Public Radio Blog Blog

AM New York Blog

Greg Sandow's Blog

Berkshire Fine Arts Blog

Latinos Post Blog

Live 2.0 Blog

Opera Pulse Blog

Boston Lyric Opera Blog

Schleppy Nabucco's Blog

Codex Flores Blog (German)

NPR Blog

Huffington Post

Price Walden Blog

A Beast In a Jungle Blog

Phyllis Chesler Blog

WNO blog

Ion Arts Blog

New York Magazine

Bill Madison Blog

The Daily Astorian on-line

NZZ on-line (Switzerland-German)

El Espectador on-line (Spanish)

Colin Eatock Blog

Opera Cast Blog

Mark J. Golden Blog

Adaptistration Blog

Blog Pong Blog (German)

Das Wochenmagazin On-Line

Update!!!!! 5:15 PM 5/22/12

Gelb backtracks.  Read Norman Lebrecht's account of the weak statement hurriedly issued by the Metropolitan Opera today reversing their ill advised censorship of Opera News Magazine.

Norman's Article on the MET Backtrack

The New York Times recap on the back track

New York Times article on Gelb's Backtrack

The LA Times on the back track

LA Times back track story

The Atlantic Wire on the back track

Atlantic Wire on the back track

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