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Subject: Re: The Met Must Go Further - Re: Met to perform Sunday matinees begining in 2019-2020
From: Marc Shepherd <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Marc Shepherd <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 15 Sep 2018 10:18:07 -0400

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The article explained that when they perform on Sundays, Mondays will be
dark. So, they will still perform the same number of days per week.
Saturday matinees outsell weeknights by about 15–20%. It seems fairly
likely that by substituting a second matinee for a weekday, ticket sales
will go up.

The Met has wanted to make this change for years, long pre-dating the Gelb
era. La Scala, Paris Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera
of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera, are among the companies that have
already performed on at least *some* Sundays. The Met was way behind on

By the way, the box office and gift shop are already open on Sundays, and
have been for a long time.

On Sat, Sep 15, 2018 at 9:41 AM Bruce P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I don't get Sundays are usually dark at the with this
> new idea, the house has to be open, have staff (paying them I assume the
> overtime weekend rates), extra security, the restaurants and bar areas
> open, stocked and staffed, the gift shop open,box office staff, stage
> hands, ushers--everything as on a normal day.  How does that save the Met
> money??   if Sundays still have rows of empty seats...and remember the
> tourist trade which might opt for Broadway over the Met---they will be
> competing with those Sunday matinees too.

Marc Shepherd
New York, NY

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