The casting has never been really known that much in advance, but it was common years ago to know the principals at least before the tickets were on sale, but I also remember that tickets were not that much sold in advance as now (this year for example, all the season will be on sale in January!!!)
A lot of organizations have started to do this (Met Opera, New York City Ballet) because they make more money the earlier they can sell tickets. It makes things crazy on the day tickets go on sale at the box office, but that's a small price to pay in view of the financial benefits to be reaped by the company.
Does this mean that, for any given performance, no seats are held in reserve for selling at a later time?
When I emailed the theater a few weeks ago, I was assured that "All tickets will be on sale [at the same time] except those which have been sold during the subscription period." I assume that's probably true, but I just wondered if anyone has heard anything different. I saw in an earlier thread that tickets for Opera Bastille performances are released in blocks, with a small number being made available at the theater the day of the event. That might be obsolete guidance, but I was curious about it.
My reason for asking -- I've been trying to book tickets for Swan Lake, which just became available for Internet sale today. I got tickets for one evening that I wanted, but another is already shown as sold out. I am just wondering if there is any reason to keep checking back to see if tickets come available.
thanks a lot,