(dis)Enchanted Island live and in HD

16 Jan

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.

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The Article by Jeremy Sams trying to sell hard the Island

Lucy’s wonderful blog on the Island

5 Responses to “(dis)Enchanted Island live and in HD”

  1. stray 16 January 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    If they’re short on sales in the $200 zone for a Tuesday night with a late start, this could have more to do with MetroNorth scheduling than anything else, since most of those patrons will live in the suburbs. What do the other sections look like?

    • George aka OperaCreep 16 January 2012 at 5:38 pm #

      Have a look here: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/production.aspx?id=11555 Tickets available for pretty much every part of the auditorium

      • stray 27 January 2012 at 2:31 am #

        Some tickets, not a lot. What I saw for that date for the Family Circle, for instance, was only a handful in the last row. Tomorrow’s performance has sold out both Family Circle and Balcony. What remains is mostly in the Orchestra, again above $200. Still a pretty good house regardless of the quality of the work (about which I don’t disagree, btw), though no doubt less than they expected given the publicity they put into it.

        I have been at the Met when it was 2/3rds empty (for Wozzeck, two weeks after 9/11, with complimentary bomb scare). Now that was a bad house.

  2. Lucy 17 January 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Thanks for the link! The production assumptions that seem to question both the intelligence of Met-goers and the sophistication, etc. of Baroque opera are indeed aggravating. I’d say “at least we have NYCO’s Telemann,” but that is looking less and less certain, alas.

    • George aka OperaCreep 17 January 2012 at 6:14 pm #

      Hope things improve for the NYCO very quickly. Love your blog and totally had forgotten to put it on my blogroll 😉

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