La forza del destino
Gelb’s proclamations that opera is on its deathbed have to be understood in context – as a negotiating tactic. The Met’s troubles are specific to the Met rather than a universal predicament. Its ticket prices are punishingly high: nearly $500 for box seats in that 2012-2013 season, though down since then. The house, with 3,800 seats, is unworkably large: it desperately needs to rent a second smaller stage, ideally in New York’s largest borough, Brooklyn, where it could mount its more experimental fare and hook younger and more diverse audiences.