Exorbitant prices for tickets can be perhaps explained by the fact that ridiculously high ticket prices for Bolshoi ballet performances are the norm in Moscow (one of the few cities on the planet where there is little correlation between the quality of anything and the price).
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Posted Today, 11:29 AM
That's an important point. For the most part it's still less expensive to see the Bolshoi on tour than at home; there's only so much foreigners are willing to pay. Last summer the top price for Bolshoi tickets in London was £120, higher than what the Royal Ballet charges, but far less than what it would cost to buy an orchestra seat for Swan Lake at the Bolshoi. In Washington prime orchestra seats for Giselle sold for $135, almost half of what it would cost to buy comparable tickets for Grigorovich's production in Moscow.
Posted Today, 11:34 AM
I don't think you can compare KC prices with other venues like the Koch or the Met. KC is America's national performing arts center, and in part it is a federally funded operation> I think their ticket prices are much fairer than most other venues because federal funds are part of the equation.
Posted Today, 12:39 PM
If a touring company is included in a larger subscription series, it usually brings the ticket prices down significantly. Otherwise subscribers would balk, and guaranteed sales to a subscriber base is something no organization wants to squander. Instead I'm guessing the costs are spread out over the season, as you suggest.
The Bolshoi gets lots of federal funds, too, but it doesn't seem to bring down their prices at home.
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