Covent Garden has announced, via a BBC education reporter, that its opening night next season will be reserved for students only, at prices ranging from £1 to £25.
Genuine outreach or eye-catching stunt?
Opinion is divided. Obviously, the more students you can get across an opera threshold, the more likely some of them are to return. But the opera selected for students is Mark Anthony Turnage’s celebrity-sleaze show, Anna Nicole, an extravaganza of hyper-sexualised media excess.
Did the ROH fear that there might not be enough students to fill the house for Mozart, Verdi or Britten?