The Munich opera festival has announced the sum of its ticket sales: 99.92 percent.
The Tirol Festival at Erl has just turned in results: 99.19 percent.
Sold out, to all intents and purposes.
To anyone who has attended a sold-out event, the excitement exists before the curtain rises. That gives a huge lift to the performers and allows the administrators to plan with confidence for the future. The atmospheric benefit is felt all around the country.
It has been a very long while since the Metropolitan Opera had a full house. An air of defeat has settled on the house. Maybe the solution is to close off 2,000 seats and pretend that it’s full.
The absence of that full feeling diminishes everything that is presented on stage.