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That Touch of Munk

munk_thumbGetting the “screaming heads” treatment on CNBC is not good news for Peter Gelb.

  • Nina, darling. We’re opera queens. Being enraged is our thing!

    I noticed that the commentary wasn’t opera-ignorant (as is often the case on mainstream media) and there was much praise for the Met. What got to this opera queen was the sense of outrage expressed at the Met’s budget. The number was stated and everyone began to foam at the mouth.

    Considering the size and international profile of the company, the budget isn’t really outrageous. And again, I’d love to see budget of other large organizations with international profiles, like the Yankees or Manchester United.

  • armerjacquino

    kashania- in the last tax year Man U had a wagebill of around £122 million, a turnover of around £278.5 million and pretax profits of £48.2 million. It should be noted, though, that this period includes the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid for £80 million.

  • LOL. Well, I’m enjoying the company of you so-called opera queens; you keep me on my toes, at least!

  • Harry

    Ms Munk: The opera queens here on Parterre should be grateful that the MET is even given an article in Vanity Fair or mentioned for 5 minutes on a TV show. Furthermore they should realize that the way in which the CNBC TV show interview was conducted, was outside your personal control. For once the subject was Opera and an opera company. Usually even when opera stars appear on programs they are treated as some ‘exotic guest’ amongst a show’s guest line-ups. I.E: Renee’ Fleming helping Martha Stewart ‘to cook’. Usual TV Host promotion comment (done as a favor) :”Oh….you are appearing in such and such …..when ….the dates….thank you for coming”. And therefore Opera continues to languish; seen as some strange expensive non-inclusive activity by the majority of the public. When in ideal fact, it should be an activity where the public are always busting down the doors for sought-after tickets.

    An organization such as the MET proclaiming it is a ‘non-profit’ one, should bear open scrutiny and discussion on its handling. Do not be putt off by people even hinting your research is negative in any way. We only have to look around in the present business climate to see the results elsewhere, if only such similar open articles and examination had taken place. It is called in the friendliest of terms… ‘Just keeping the bastards honest’. The right to ‘ask question’ is to me, an equal part of free speech.

    By creating broader interest in the activities of the MET, such as your article and TV appearance, it will help to bring a greater sense of responsibility to bear on those in control. I am sure that you would wish other writers, also follow. Looking for healthy vibrant discussion of what the MET is, what it does, who it serves, and where it should be heading for any future benefits and successes. Go, Lady! Keep up the good work.

  • Harry

    kashania 101#: I will accept your outrage comparing sports costs to the MET’S ….ONLY when the MET has just some of the same numbers, in following and revenue. Just because something is ‘known about’ makes no sense when it comes to real dollars & cents.It is all about ‘SHOW US THE MONEY…. MADE!’

  • One (very) last thing, for the record: I heard back from Susanne Lutz at the Bayerische Staatsoper… and she reports that Munich put on 200 operas this season, of which 7 were new productions and 286 were revivals.

  • Lalala

    A huge difference—not all of the Munich performances are held on the Staatsoper stage. They use a MUCH smaller theater for several performances. They have MANY dark nights in the main theater. This completely throws off the numbers stated above.

  • Lalala

    Nina—those numbers are either wrong or completely ludicrous. 200 operas this season? 7 new productions (that I’ll believe). 286 revivals—I think you need to revise your pose.

  • Lalala

    post.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    I am not liking this Munk lady, who as I stated from the start, and by her own admission above is trying to sell issues of Vanity Fair. The TV segment, however it was picked up and even considered worthy for discussion on television was a terrible piece of TV reportage totally slanted by the talking heads to poison any potential donor for opera who was not already deeply involved in the arts. Boo and hiss, Miss Munk.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    The only Monk I’m watching is:
    httv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwz24jB96fY

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

  • Indiana Loiterer III

    I’ll raise you with:

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

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  • Lalala: Guilt as charged, of a typo that is. My fingers slipped: Not 286 revivals, but rather 26 revivals! (Phew.)

  • O boy, another typo: “Guilty” as charged…