The Met’s manager has come out with some figures for his Live from the Met screenings, in an interview with Vienna’s tabloid Kurier.
The headline number is impressive. Even more so is the disclosure that two out of three Met movie tickets are for screenings outside the United States.
That is the extent to which Gelb’s Met dominates the opera movie audience.
It’s a huge success for Peter Gelb and a massive disgrace for Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna, Munich and Berlin, which have tried with large amounts of public money – and signally failed – to develop a domestic movie audience for their own productions.
Germany and Austria together, says Gelb, are now his second biggest market.
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