What to do when somebody steals your opera champagne?

What to do when somebody steals your opera champagne?


norman lebrecht

November 04, 2018

From a Slipped Disc reader:

While I was buying drinks at the bar in the first interval of Götterdämmerung yesterday at Covent Garden, two distressed audience members came up to complain. They had pre-ordered champagne and sandwiches before start-up, but when they reached the appointed place the goodies had been nicked

The bar staff didn’t appear at all surprised and gave them replacements. Was this a Nibelung raid, or do ROH patrons paying £250 or so a seat not scruple at scoffing other peoples’ nosh?

Any more first world problems?


  • Nicht Schleppend says:

    Zurück, du Räuber!
    Frevelnder Dieb!

  • RW2013 says:

    Amazed it doesn’t happen more often.
    I’ve often been tempted…

  • Anon says:

    I’m not sure this is what really happens. I’ve had trouble with ordering drinks at the ROH and my own view is that dodgy bar staff do not actually put the drinks out in the first place. As a regular member of the audience I’ve noticed there is a huge turnover in bar staff at the ROH. There are bound to be miscreants and scammers. I have ceased to pre order my drinks and just buy them at the interval.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Easy solution; avoid grog at classical performances. Go on; you know you can do it!!!

  • MavisP says:

    Somebody has been Nibelung the goodies at the Garden.

  • Mark london says:

    It’s common! Drinks and food should be given to a customer not dumped in a counter or table

  • Jackyt says:

    We seem to be the only country that does this. We’ve tried ordering interval drinks in Spain and France and been met with bemusement.