Met Opera eliminates 22 administrative staff positions

Posted on: September 15, 2014

“The Metropolitan Opera says it is cutting nine percent of its administrative staff in order to save money,” writes Brian Wise on Friday (9/12) at WQXR’s blog. “The opera company announced Friday that it is eliminating 22 full-time positions, in keeping with the new agreements with its unions, which called for equivalent across-the-board cuts to both union and non-union payroll expenses. The positions, which have been cut primarily through layoffs, involve several departments, including artistic administration, marketing and development. The Met says that the responsibilities of the eliminated positions will be distributed among the remaining administrative staff, which are now 232 in number. The company also said that it is promoting Diana Fortuna to the newly created role of deputy general manager. Fortuna has been the company’s assistant general manager for finance. The new post would give her ‘increased financial oversight and further prioritize the company’s commitment to controlling operating expenses,’ according to a statement by the company. Fortuna came to the Met in February 2008 after nine years as president of the Citizens Budget Commission, a non-profit research and watchdog civic organization that studies New York City and State finances.”

Posted September 15, 2014