We hear from two sources that the dress rehearsal of Semiramide has been closed to the public, without explanation.
Ticket holders will be reimbursed.
It is widely assumed that the decision was taken due to persistent tensions in the chorus over Peter Gelb’s decision to fire the director John Copley for a misguided remark. The reminder of the rehearsals have been taken by assistants.
The timing of the closure could not be worse.
The Met is due to announce its new season today.