The promotional circus surrounding the staging of the Enchanted Island at the Metropolitan Opera has had all the ingredients one would hope for a good, gripping story. The originators announcing it as a new creation that will not be understood by the specialist baroque fans ( the piece by Jeremy Sams in The Guardian was reeking of desperation and essentially questions the intelligence of New York opera fans). The cast as true pros supported it, as they should (it pays the bills). And the Met has been clutching the straws, by using as the main headline good review, one published in the pile of odious shit that is the Huffington Post.
A couple of screen shots of the Orchestra section of the Met shows the brutal truth, it has not sold out on any date.
Of course the million $ question is if the holier than thou Mr Gelb will listen to the lack of hard cold cash at the box office and maybe adjust future projects accordingly (the stated partial re-write of Two Boys is a positive step).
To conclude with good news, at least the HD broadcast this Saturday 21 January is nearly sold out at most London cinemas.