COC Ring Blows
I was all psyched for the first Canadian production of Wagner's Ring Cycle by the Canadian Opera Company (COC, heh) in 2006, but then I realised that there is no chance in hell anyone who doesn't live in a mansion will be able to attend.
There will only be 6,000 seats available. And who gets those seats? Priority goes to donors, then COC (hee, hee) subscribers, then whoever gets their tickets applications in first.
The whole shebang, including separate stagings of the first three operas over the next few years, will cost approximately $11 million dollars to mount. That's means the COC (guffaw) is spending about $1833.33 per patron to bring you the Ring Cycle.
Ridiculous, this opera stuff.
But don't worry: the COC (all right, settle down) will make 125 seats available at a reduced rate. [sarcasm] Hoorah! [/sarcasm]
Here's my article about yesterday's COC press conference (free!). Does my ambivalence show?