- Michael Mauskapf
(b New York, NY, Nov 10, 1953).
American opera manager and record executive. Son of Arthur Gelb, a former managing editor of the New York Times, he began working in the office of impresario sol Hurok at the age of 17, later becoming Vladimir Horowitz’s artist manager. In 1978 he was hired by the Boston SO to be director of publicity. Allegations later surfaced concerning superfluous press coverage for Gelb’s clients in the Times during his father’s tenure there. He joined Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI) in 1981 and a year later founded CAMI’s video division, where he produced “The Metropolitan Opera Presents” television series (1988–94), including the landmark 1990 telecast of Wagner’s complete Der Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by James Levine. After overseeing the division’s acquisition by Sony Classical, Gelb was promoted to president (1995–2006). He is credited with initiating a new commissioning program and shifting the company’s focus toward crossover and film soundtrack recordings, sometimes at the expense of more traditional classical records....