Not his staff, mind you. But board members, donors, singers (Anna Netrebko), and directors weigh in on what makes Peter Gelb tick.
“Last week, the actor, who signs his tweets ‘Hanx,’ released the ‘Hanx Writer,’ an iPad app that he helped to create with the company Hitcents. It simulates a typewriter keyboard – clacks, clangs, and all.”
“When you get stuck, you’ve run out of ideas, distraction is really your best friend. You need to stand up, let it go — walk around the block, go to the cafe, drink a beer, whatever it is — and that is really your best shot at loosening the gears a little bit.”
“Surging interest in foreign literature in recent years has been sparked partly by the success of Scandinavian fiction – notably Stieg Larsson, whose Millennium books have sold more than 75 million copies in 50 countries, and popular television dramas such as The Killing.”
“So far, nearly major social media brand has plans to capitalize on Monday’s awards ceremony, waiting for a star-studded Emmy moment to go viral.”
“Suddenly it was possible to be unobtrusive. The camera fitted in a coat pocket. It didn’t need a tripod and was quick and quiet to operate. So photography became fluid, informal, intimate: the technology no longer got in the way of telling the story.”
“In this age of multitasking, a great virtue of live performance is that you can’t fast-forward, open a new tab or check your email as it unfolds.”
“The Chinese government keeps a tight control on information and the media – and is suspicious of independent films that could contain criticism of the Communist party and its policies.”
As most Italian opera houses seem to careen from disaster to disaster, Turin’s Teatro Regio has seemed a rare bright spot, with quality and reputation both soaring even as state funding shrivels – and Noseda’s work as music director gets most of the credit. But now his long-simmering tensions with the house’s boss have boiled over.