According to a report in Die Presse and first reported on these shores by our friends over at Parterre Box, the Austrian opera administrator Ioan Holender has signed a two-year agreement to act as a consultant at the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Holander is the former General Manager of the Vienna State Opera.
Although ticket sales at the Met have been strong in recent years, the company has been plagued with complaint over its new direction under the leadership of General Manager Peter Gelb. The 2009-2010 season was bedeviled with artist cancellations, disastrous new productions of audience favorites (Tosca) and glitzy, big-name productions that were met with critical and audience derision (Attila).
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