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La Cieca, like Nature, abhors a vacuum

“Upon my word,” exclaims La Cieca (pictured at right, in the background), “I could almost swear I see a few empty seats on the other side of theater for the Met’s opening night performance of L’elisir d’amore!”

Since those laggards back in the salon are too busy munching marrons glacés or whatever they do when decent people are listening to the opera, La Cieca will share this bit of news with you. A block of tickets in the orchestra section for the aforementioned gala performance have just gone on sale for as low as $145, and there are a few scattered seats elsewhere in the house as well.

73 comments

  • Nerva Nelli says:

    Jeez. Maybe they can start arranging private dances by album cover babes and strapping barihunks?

    • oedipe says:

      So, what sells well these days at the opera?

      I have done a little survey of some top opera houses and found few sold out performances for la rentrée (Sep/Oct. 2012). Moreover, what sells well varies a lot from place to place.

      At the Met l’Elisir, a new production with a starry cast, does well but no better than, say, Otello, an old production with a partially starry cast. Expensive tickets are a hard sell, and no performance is sold out, except the Turandot matinée which is practically sold out, not withstanding its clanky cast and ancient, Holiday-on-Ice look-alike production.

      At the ROH, the Ring has been sold out for months. On the other hand, Rings at other houses are not faring very well, at least so far: the Met, Berliner Staatsoper, Paris Opera, La Scala (who are running an extensive marketing campaign of their Ring as we speak).

      At the Wiener Staatsoper, the revival of a Don Carlo production which premiered last season (stark and ugly, but innocuous; also known as “the bunker”), had a completely sold out run because of a 5-star cast: Pape/Alagna/Keenlyside/Stoyanova/D’Intino. Never mind that it ended up being a Don Carlo without a Don Carlo (due to Alagna’s cancelling)!

      At Bayerische, only the Bondi Tosca is selling out so far: with Kaufmann and Serjan leading the cast.

      In Paris at Garnier, the little advertized revival of Carsen’s Capriccio, with a homogeneous, high quality, but far from starry cast, has sold out the whole run.

      At La Scala, while waiting for the new season to begin in December, a run of La Bohème in an old production, with a cast alternating Gheorghiu/Agresta/ Netrebko and Beczala/Grigolo, is completely sold out (though a bunch of tickets for the opening night have mysteriously showed up today).

      Not much else is selling out, as far as I can tell.

      In conclusion: Go figure!