Paul Pelkonen stopped by the Met yesterday to score a late ticket for the Meistersinger revival. Whaddaya know? They’ve changed the rules.
With one box office window open, a helpful clerk gave me a single-sheet document, outlining the company’s altered policy. There was no press release e-mailed toSuperconductor and no announcement on the Met website.
Rush tickets are now available day-of-show, on the Metropolitan Opera website starting at 12pm Monday through Friday. The tickets are available only through the website, and must be purchased online, picked up at the box office or simply printed out and brought to the theater.
Read Paul here.
Apparently, the idea is to stop punters scoring too many cheap tickets, but the level of customer communications is reminiscent of the Bolshoi in Soviet times. Whatever the policy, it;s not working. Paul saw yards of empty seats last night.