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Ok, the tickets for dress rehearsals are much less expensive, and the ones who buy them are probably mostly teens and college students, not the wealthy people that Seattle Opera was busily courting at that time with their Ring Cycle. But it seemed really small minded to make the PAYING audience of dress rehearsals sit in the worst seats where they can't even see the whole stage and keep the better seats empty. IT.LOOK.BAD! Small and petty and dismissive. OPERAS should never be SMALL!
We're originally from Europe, and my family used to wonder why live performance arts like operas, ballet and theater have to struggle so much in this country. Why only old and wealthy people support it, and mostly it seemed the support was for show and snob value, they did not love, love, LOVE it like people do in Europe. That day we understood. When you only court the rich and dismiss everyone else contemptuously, then you only have the support of the rich, which is often fragile and fleeting. Unfortunately for American artists and theaters/stage companies, the rich is a very small percentage of the population.
We haven't gone to another dress rehearsal anywhere so don't know if Seattle is still doing this, or whether everyone in the US does this. Anyway, my family usu. drive up to BC and down to Portland for operas, unless Seattle puts on one of my mom's favorites; or we go back home where the Opera and Ballet and Theater are dirt cheap and always high quality, everyone dresses up so they don't disrespect the artists, there are no risk of cell phones ringing, the audience is of all sorts and there are no roped off seats just because the tickets are cheap, and we all have a blast, then go on to a cafe afterwards and talk talk talk about the performances. I had a friend who started at Seattle and I went to see the shows he was in, now that he has moved on to bigger and better I mostly go elsewhere. I know Seattle Opera definitely isn't the only culprit, but yeah, first impressions, sour taste and all that. Stodgy, snobbish and small minded are not what you'd want in the creative arts.