Money Troubles2014.08.18quote-chauffeur

“We note that while you continue to ask employees to reduce costs, the first and most egregious cost to be cut should be the Met-paid, with full Met benefits and pension, cost of your personal chauffer.”

—Union representative Alan Gordon responding to the head of New York’s Metropolitan opera, Peter Gelb, who is demanding  pay and healthcare cuts, saying the opera is losing money.  If so, here’s one possible reason: Gelb not only has his own chauffeur but spent $169,000 on satin poppies for a single scene during a production.  Unions say he’s increased Met costs by $100 million since he’s held the job.