14. March 2007 · Comments Off on And People Complain? · Categories: imported, News

The Met is selling $100,000 boxes for its opening-night presentation of “Lucia di Lammermoor” with soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Marcello Giordani, the company said Tuesday.

For that price, the buyer gets an eight-seat box on the parterre level, eight tickets for the pre-opera cocktail reception and eight places at the post-opera black-tie dinner with the performers.

That comes to $12,500 a seat, more than double last year’s opening-night high of $5,000. The Met has had $10,000 seats for some prior gala performances.

Of the $100,000 ticket price, $95,840 is tax deductible.

Read all about it.

First of all, you’re getting a tax deduction. Geesh! Secondly, you’ll probably get to wear your best clothes, you know? You might even buy a new pair of shoes. And a dress. Or tie. And finally … you get to tell all your friends you bought this really expensive box!

But no box for me: I don’t earn close to that amount of money in an entire year.

I guess I’ll be staying home. But maybe I’ll pull out a large cardboard box, sit in it, and watch a DVD of an opera.

It could happen.

Or not. I see I have a job on April 3 anyway. So never mind.

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