The New York Metropolitan Opera, one of the world's leading opera companies, has chosen Peter Gelb to succeed Joseph Volpe as GM.

The New York Metropolitan Opera, one of the world's leading opera companies, has chosen Peter Gelb to succeed Joseph Volpe as GM.

Gelb, currently president of Sony Classical, a division of Sony Music and the largest classical record label in the United States, will begin working with Volpe on Aug. 1, 2005. After a one-year transition period, he will assume full responsibility upon Volpe's retirement on Aug. 1, 2006.

Gelb has been president of Sony Classical since March 1995. Previously he was president of CAMI Video, which Sony Music acquired from Columbia Artists Management Inc. in 1993. While at CAMI, he served as executive producer of the Metropolitan Opera's television programs from 1987 to 1993 and was responsible for the Met's radio broadcasts.

Before joining CAMI in 1982, he was an assistant manager of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was also manager of the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz.

Gelb has won six Emmy Awards as a producer and director as well as a Peabody Award for "Marsalis on Music," an educational television series. His 25 Met television productions included the award-winning 1990 telecast of Wagner's complete Ring cycle on PBS.

He is the son of Arthur Gelb, former managing editor of The New York Times, and writer Barbara Gelb.

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