Letter: Price of opera
Tuesday 16 November 1999
The Royal Opera House has made much play about increasing accessibility and lowering seat prices. Some operas and ballets have prices for weekend performances reduced by about one third and the occasional matinee is even cheaper and, yes, seat prices in the best parts of the house are now back to about their 1991/92 levels, though in the amphitheatre most seats are still nearly twice that level.
However, the number of price bands has been reduced from 13 to six, so that what previously were cheaper side seats in a particular area are now at that area's highest price. One hopes that the reason given for these changes - improved sightlines - will be proved correct.
The ROH has promised that the seat pricing will be reviewed once the theatre is operational; we wait with bated breath. However opera is not yet for all at Covent Garden.
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