Retain Joe Fritz at the Met

Steven Mitchell
Steven Mitchell 52 Comments
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This petition is from The Metropolitan Opera Dance Department and includes members of the chorus, administration and directorship roles; it is written as an expression of solidarity after the recent and sudden offer of Joseph Fritz's suggested retirement.

We are proud of the Met's heritage of sustaining dance as an integral part of the great opera productions. No other opera house has the caliber of our in-house dance company as does the Metropolitan Opera, and it happened by the lineage of strong leaders throughout the years.

The suggestion of early retirement and departure of our long-standing leader, Joe Fritz, comes with great shock and disappointment. The departure of a leader who has the understanding of the workings of the house needs to be taken with great seriousness. Joe's ability to guide and communicate with stage hands, directors, chorus and musicians in a calm and even-tempered manner is a pivotal piece of the production puzzle. He is integral in both the rehearsal and performance process. The departure of this director is the loss of knowledge of choreography, personnel, union challenges, and structure.

In these times of financial uncertainty we need the vast experience and integrity that he brings to the entire Metropolitan Opera organization. Anything less creates a waste of time and resource/money by its lack of efficiency.

Because we cannot imagine the catastrophe of Joe's absence, we petition for Joe to remain in the position as long as he wishes, and that his position in the house be preserved.

  • Tobin EASON
    Tobin EASON United States, New York
    Oct 13, 2017
    Oct 13, 2017
    Joe has been a great director to all of us at the Met. Please keep him here!
  • Mei-yin Ng
    Mei-yin Ng United States, Philadelphia
    Oct 12, 2017
    Oct 12, 2017
    Joe has always been a good mentor and leader to the ballet department. We can lose him and desperately needed him to continue guide us.
  • Estrella Morena
    Estrella Morena United States, Miami
    Oct 12, 2017
    Oct 12, 2017
    The Metropolit Opera needs the best director, and that is Mr. Joe Fritz . Let him remain in his position and preserved.
  • Jose Moreno
    Jose Moreno United States, New York
    Oct 10, 2017
    Oct 10, 2017
    He is amazing and should be allowed to stay...his work has spoken for its self... he should decide when it's time...
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