Now the Met offers free tickets for Trump workers

Now the Met offers free tickets for Trump workers


norman lebrecht

January 19, 2019

With all those empty seats, you wonder why it took Peter Gelb so long to follow America’s best orchestras in inviting government workers to spend their enforced downtime in cultural activities.

Public workers are entitled to two tickets each for all performances from January 19 to 31, exclusding Carmen on January 26 which is a live cinema broadcast.





  • MacroV says:

    Great. But enough already with the “Trump workers!” Though “Trump furloughees” might be fair.

    • Ms.Melody says:

      This is classic PG-too little ,too late

    • Chris says:

      Let’s just call them ‘government workers temporarily laid off by the current administration’ – a bit of a mouthful, but the administration head honcho seems good at delivering mouthfuls (or even mouths-ful)

    • V.Lind says:

      Sorry, mate. The Prez is going around claiming it as “my shutdown,” which it is. “Furloughees” is a bit generous. They are out of work and/or unpaid because of a warped and nasty policy.

    • Jack says:

      No. They are government workers who have been furloughed. Even Trump, as president, is a government employee. He’s not a king.

  • Martain Smith says:

    One wonders how he continues to survive!

  • Caravaggio says:

    How do you spell d-e-s-p-a-i-r ?

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      It’s not good, is it!! There are real people out there going through privation and stress while ridiculous politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle argue over who is going to win the argument. A pox on both their houses.

      • NYMike says:

        Both sides?? You’re evidently unaware of the constitutional question of shutting down the govt. EVERY time a despot wants his/her favorite goody. We cannot afford to give in to this dictator wannabe.

  • Mark says:

    Given the sort of people who tend to get government positions nowadays (in the last several decades, actually), I doubt there will be many takers …

    • MacroV says:

      A profoundly ignorant – indeed deplorable – comment. U.S. government workers include doctors, research scientists, more Ph.D. scientists than you can count, thousands of lawyers, and so on. Much better educated than your average worker (or SD commenter).

      • Sue Sonata Form says:

        But in lockstep with goose-stepping, repressive virtue signallers. Not so bright after all. It’s their way or the highway.

  • ThrownOutOfTheKremlinForSinging says:

    Whom do you mean by “Trump workers”? Do you mean government workers who are not getting paid? Or do you mean Trump’s personal employees (many of whom have also not been paid, over the years)?

  • Doug says:

    Met tickets are valuable enough to feed my children for at least two weeks. Where can I trade them in? My sons and daughters say Puccini tastes like dog food.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    No they are not. They are offering free tickets for federal government workers.

  • anon says:

    Wonder when Trump is going to offer free rounds of golf in his golf clubs or free stays at his hotels for furloughed federal employees?

    Like… never.

    He treated the NCAA champs to free… McDonalds.

  • anon says:

    Just because the federal employees are not being paid doesn’t mean they are not required to report to work.

    Which means they need to get a second job at night in order to get a paycheck.

    Which means the spouse and children also need to get a temporary job.

    Which means no one has time to attend symphonies or operas.

    Which means these offers are pure PR.

  • Beckmesser says:

    Correction: ” Carmen on January 26 which is a live cinema broadcast” is not correct. The live HD broadcast and radio broadcast is Saturday, February 02, 2019. January 26 is the radio broadcast of a tape delayed performance of Marnie.

  • John Kelly says:

    Not a single empty seat for Adriana LeCouvreur I can tell you. Not should there have been. Simply wonderful singing. Best I’ve heard at the Met in a long time. Outstanding. And it was on at the movies last weekend.

  • Edgar says:

    Why is the public not allowed to see the legions of federal workers with no pay? As if we don’t know that the situations goes from bad to worse each passing day!

    BTW: was the picture taken moments before the lights were dimmed? It could otherwise be one taken well before curtain up – and New York audiences are notoriously laissez-faire when it comes to being in their seat on time – especially when they have seats in the middle of the row. (Gustav Mahler would have excorcised that undisciplined behaviour).