Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Slipped Disc

Bare patches and frowns appear at the Met

Our mole in the box-office says the season is not selling well.

Onegin and Norma are selling out and James Levine’s return in Cosi fan tutte has guaranteed a strong house. But the more adventurous stuff - Two Boys, The Nose and Midsummer’s Night Dream – are selling so slowly they are going for discounts.

The economy is taking its toll. Individuals are buying fewer tickets in half-season batches.

For the season so far, the Met is playing at 65%, we hear. That may explain why Peter Gelb has mislaid his usual cheery smile.


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