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eugene merrett

11-07-01, 05:11 PM (GMT)
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"Some thoughts on ticket prices"
 
   I can never make head or tail of the Covent Garden ticket pricing policy. Clearly some seats have gone up and others have gone down. But I did notice that the front row of the amphitheatre used to be sold at a price less then the mid amphitheatre. That peculier anamoly was greatly exploited by myself and others. Sadly the discounted front row has been abolished for next year and I can see why!

But what ever one says about ticket prices we should recognized that most of the seats are a lot closer to the stage then in the garganteum auditoriums at Paris and New York (Germany is in a different league - the subsidy must be HUGE). In fact I bought the best seats for the ABT at the Met last June. Those seats were WORSE then the amphi seats at Covent Garden because I was so far back! Yuch!!!

A possible solution to the high ticket prices is to have some seats in the Stalls and GT as special "charity seats" - they are sold at significantly higher prices and a portion is hypothicated (ie designated) to discount seat prices in other areas (perhaps giving preference to students, OAPS and young people). As the charity seats are the same as other seats in the area the difference can be classified as a tax deductable donation so in effect reducing the contribution by 40%. I am pretty sure this will work with hot selling seats such as Parsifal, Tosca, Rigoletto and Il Travatore and possibly Some ballet performances by Gulliem/Bussell. Something like this was done at the Met for the Ring Cycle two years. It applied to all seats and the money used was to fund the Met (I do not know how they got that past the US Tax Agency in allowing it to be tax deductable)


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alison

12-07-01, 12:53 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Some thoughts on ticket prices"
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   Interesting suggestion, Eugene.

I'm very annoyed to hear that the front row prices have been increased (although I never used them myself, I know a lot of people who are prepared to put up with the lousy legroom and having a rail in their line of sight in order to be able to sit that close). I had been hoping that by now the ROH might have got the relative merits of various seating areas sorted out, but obviously they haven't.


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eugene merrett

13-07-01, 01:16 AM (GMT)
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   The accoustics in the front row of the amphitheatre are the best in the house. A rich person who loves opera should still sit up there - perhaps buying a two seats for one person!!!

I might even try that for for the 5-6 hour Wagner marathons they are doing next season!


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