This was the Metropolitan Opera last night.
It was the start of a new run of the usually-popular L’Elisit d’Amore with Vittorio Grigolo as Nemorino and Aleksandra Kurzak as Adina. ‘First time this season,’ proclaims the program sheet.
As you can see from the picture, posted by a Slipped Disc reader, most of the best seats went unsold.
Other observers have remarked before on poor ticket sales.
Peter Gelb cannot turn a blind eye much longer to these half-empty houses.
UPDATE: The picture taker informs us: Picture was taken at 7.30 sharp (they started 5 minutes late) and dress circle and first tier were just as empty. In fact there were numbers of completely empty boxes.