Summer’s ending and everyone’s totting up their totals. I looked onto a friend’s screen the other day and saw a statistic so breathtaking she had to sit me down and make me a cup of tea.
When is an opera house full or sold-out? Usually when there’s just one or two hundred tickets left for sale. But what about a whole season – when is that ever sold out?
Glyndebourne ends in a week or so and the final tallies are being made. The four-month summer festival, unsupported by public funds, needs to sell 92 percent of tickets to break even. Recently it has been running along very nicely at 97 or thereabouts.
Many of the tickets are priced at £190 (same in Euros, or $350). That’s steep. Some £30 tickets are reserved for under-30s and £10 for standing room at the top balcony.
This summer, Glyndebourne has sold – wait for it – 99.18 percent of all seats to all shows*, including the less-obvious Rinaldo and Turn of the Screw that rarely sell out at major opera houses.
Put another way, Glyndebourne has been sold out all summer.
Beat that, anyone.
* Actually slightly higher by the last performance, five days later. See here.