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My metaphor was drawn from genocides

Why yes, of course. Peter Gelb offering voluntary buyouts to a couple of dozen employees is precisely the same thing as Nazis murdering hundreds of people. In the same way that when I say I want to sledgehammer Norman Lebrecht‘s skull into a pulp, what I actually mean is that I want to send him a dignified note reminding him of his responsibility as a journalist not to tell fibs.

  • fletcher

    Oh god, the comments on that site. Yiiiiiiiikes.

  • CwbyLA

    Is he really a journalist? i thought he was just an old curmudgeon.

  • The Dybbuk

    Comment after comment over on Slipped Disc about the MET. It would be good for those of us outside NY/US to hear what parterrians think, which at least would have the advantage of being said by actual audience members and not mere axe grinders.

    • La Cieca

      This parterrian thinks Norman Lebrecht is a pathological liar who has deliberately built a commenter base of the nastiest pieces of work on the internet.

      • Anton VonWebern

        He’s just carrying on a longstanding Viennese tradition. Nothing special.

  • David Prosser

    I have no regard for Lebrecht or for his blog (which I only ever see when it is referenced here). But for most Brits, the phrase ‘night of the long knives’ is now much more associated with an event of the nature described in the post -- corporate or political sackings -- than it is the original night in 30s Germany. As far as I can tell, this dates back to Prime Minister Harold MacMillan in the early 1960 and a major shake-up of his cabinet which was seen as being particularly brutal and earned the title the ‘night of the long knives’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18722428

    It may be a tasteless description, but it is a pretty standard tasteless description here. Google the name of any recent British PM and ‘night of the long knives’ and you’ll find some UK press articles.

    • La Cieca

      Lebrecht is Jewish. He has written extensively about the history of Jewish music. He has written a novel set during the Holocaust.

      I think it’s a safe bet he knows what “Night of Long Knives” means.

      • David Prosser

        Of course he does. As did whoever first used the term for MacMillian’s reshuffle, and then those who used it for similar reshuffles by Blair, Cameron, May etc.

        It is an overblown metaphor, but not one that generally carries fascist overtones in the UK. Of course, I have no idea what Lebrecht had in his mind when he used the metaphor -- maybe he really did want to compare Gelb to Hitler. But that comparison is not one that the term implies here.

  • Charlie

    The endless attacks on Lebrecht are tedious. They are always the same. We get it, you disagree with his opinions. Why bother reading his articles or even bother visiting his site, if they make you so angry?

    • Yige Li

      LIEbrecht is not about opinion, but “alternative fact”.

    • La Cieca

      Part of the mission of parterre has always been following and commenting opera journalism.

      If you don’t like stories about Lebrecht, have a chat with that fellow who’s holding the gun to your head and explain you’d rather not read them.