Although it isn’t unheard of to deflect attention from one crisis by creating another, more manageable one, on a smaller scale it is unlikely that was the case when The Metropolitan Opera (Met) announced they were cancelling the radio broadcast and simulcasts for John Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer.” In case you missed the bombshell news, just do a Google search and you’ll catch up on the details in no time but one item I have yet to come across is exactly how much revenue The Met stands to lose thanks to a decision that even the most polite voices among the sea of outrage are calling a “regrettable decision.”
It will be interesting to learn exactly how much The Met stands to lose in not only lost revenue but potential penalties related to eleventh hour cancellations; after all, there were a bunch of movie theaters out there promoting this and selling advance tickets. At the same time, that assumes The Met will provide enough transparency to determine the overall economic impact.
In the end, this could all be part of an elaborate strategy to generate artificial rarity and boost ticket sales. Then again…
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I’ve been pretty shocked by this story all week. What’s most surprising to me is the number of people supporting the Met’s decision, and the greater number of people who are acting like it’s a reasonable debate to have. I’m absolutely blown away by the milk-toast, agree-to-disagree cop-out post on NewMusicBox.