“Klinghoffer” Is Selling Tickets — Now

Despite protests, interruptions, and all the other mishegas, the John Adams opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” has sold more tickets than any other opera currently at the Met. General manager Peter Gelb “expects the opera ultimately to earn 70 to 75 percent of its potential ticket revenue, about average for recent seasons.” It’s important to keep in mind that the opera wasn’t selling well before all the media coverage of the controversy boosted its numbers, so its recent, deserved surge won’t get its numbers to “Boheme” levels. So what? It’s great that the Met does contemporary work, and even greater that Gelb didn’t bow to protesters and cancel the production. (He did nix the broadcast.)

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