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The Waiting Room at ROH = nerve racking

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It was the last sale of the season at Royal Opera House. There was a long queue seconds after 10am. I already had tickets for what I wanted but I was trying to buy a ticket for a friend. A cheap one. I managed to sign in after 10 seconds. Queue = 1512. After one hour and 20 minutes, the connection with ROH was lost because there were too many people online. Back to the queue = 1869. After another hour and half I finally managed to sign in and try to buy something. But all the cheaper tickets were already sold out.
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My goal was Traviata on July 14th. There are still tickets available, but 90% expensive (150 - 170 pounds and over) and 10% in the Amphitheatre (60 - 80 pounds). The most requested Traviata was the one on July 8th - the premiere - for a very good reason ;)
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There are a few tickets left for July 8th and July 14th and plenty of tickets left for Sunday performances. Why do people prefer week days performances?
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After checking out what's left I understood the endless queue this morning. Simon Boccanegra was on sale too, starring Placido Domingo. Don't bother to sign in. For the moment all the performances are sold out. But there'll probably be tickets for sale in a few weeks. And there's always the queue on the day of the performance. And there was a third very requested performance, Manon starring Anna Netrebko.
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It was a long waiting and in the end I didn't buy anything but it's interesting to see what a fuss can famous names create on a rainy Spring day.
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Hope you got what you wanted.
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Going back at the Met, Traviata for tonight (April 7th) is SOLD OUT. It will be broadcasted live by Sirius starting 8pm, New York Time. And there are only 7 tickets left for the performance on April 10th.
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4 comments:

  1. I get a ticket for Simone Boccanegra at Teatro Real, with Domingo and Angela for July 22nd.
    This time was very easy to book tickets at Teatro Real.I sign in 09:58 and there were 1130 tickets on sale.I get a very good seat without beeing ruined.

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  2. Yes, it was easy. Easier than ROH. Congrats, Anonymous, whoever you are :)

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  3. that reminds me of buying tickets online for "Don Giovanni" at the Met two years ago, I started trying at 10 p.m. and was successfull at 5 a.m. the next day. IMO all this waiting and queueing is a server problem.

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  4. Sofiissima9/4/10 8:24 AM

    Something like that happened to me when i bought some tickets but a very different style, madonna's concert, you need to have a very fast computer, free space and good memory RAM; high speed internet, refresh the window until the tickets are available. There's once, ticket master release them 5 minutes earlier and those who wait the exact moment they did't get it.
    The closest i got it was row 10 and another r 20.
    Another time i got row 2 but it was a special pre-sale for the fan club members, haven't you think about a fan club about angela with this kind of advantages pre-sales, a gift one time in a year, card, some special meetings, autographs, conference, whatever...
    An official fan club. In opera field will be very interesting.
    ROH must be the hardest tickets to buy.

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