Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, will be interviewed by André Bishop, artistic director of the Lincoln Center Theater, as part of New York University’s “CEOs in the Arts” series, on Fri., Oct. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Place (at E. 9th St. and Third Ave.) [Subways: R (8th St.); 6 (Astor Place)]. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The public may call 212.998.5424 for more information.

Reporters interested in attending the event are asked to phone Tim Farrell in the Office of Public Affairs at 212.998.6797 or email at

Bishop, artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater since January 1992, has developed and produced new plays and musicals by many of America’s leading playwrights, composers, and lyricists. Recent Lincoln Center Theater seasons under Bishop’s artistic direction have included new plays and musicals, revivals, and new adaptations of classic works and solo performances. Last year’s Lincoln Center Theater production of “The Coast of Utopia” by Tom Stoppard won a record seven Tony awards. This season promises five new productions including Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” the first Broadway revival since the original production in 1949.

Gelb has been general manager of the Metropolitan Opera since August 2006. After taking the helm, he right away began to launch initiatives aimed at revitalizing opera and connecting it to a wider audience, including recruiting greater numbers of the world’s preeminent theater directors, creating a series of live high-definition performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world, and instituting a $20 rush ticket program. Gelb’s extensive and varied experience in the field of classical music has prepared him for the considerable challenge of overseeing both the artistic and the administrative aspects of one of the largest performing arts institutions in the world. An award-winning producer of films, recordings, radio broadcasts, telecasts, concert events, operas, and festivals, he has collaborated with the world’s leading artists, many of whom will be featured at the Met during his tenure, including John Corigliano, Plácido Domingo, Tan Dun, Renée Fleming, Osvaldo Golijov, Robert Lepage, Wynton Marsalis, Anthony Minghella, Rachel Portman, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Julie Taymor.

“CEOs in the Arts” is sponsored by the Council on Arts Management Programs at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Composed of faculty from the Performing Arts Administration, Visual Arts and Galleries Administration, and Music Business programs, the Council regularly invites distinguished speakers to campus to share their real-world experience with under-graduates, graduate students, and members of the community.

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