A colleague reports:
My unofficial understanding of the 1st Ring Cycle “Rheingold” is that 1100 of the
MET’s @ 3625 seats were papered, ie: given away, or sold at significantly
reduced prices. My further unofficial understanding is that only 55% of the
seats were sold via subscription for the entire Ring Cycle, the lowest
subscription sales for a Ring Cycle in MET history.
I guess you won’t be reading this in the Gelb-friendly New York Times.