I was just browsing for tickets to the RDB's new Swan Lake next spring. I noticed that the first seven rows for every performance are unavailable. The seating for all of the dates looks something like this:
I wanted to see whether there was any way to get seats in rows 1-7, so I began the process of starting a subscription. But the seats still were not available.
I know that some theaters, such as the Mariinsky, sometimes release front-row tickets after they release tickets that are further back, so I wrote to the theater and asked if the closer rows would be availability at a later date. Someone wrote back to me and said, "The first 7 rows are for the orchestra – that is why you cannot book them."
I have never heard of a seating plan that used empty or unavailable rows to represent an orchestra. I suppose it's not impossible, but I'm skeptical.
Does anyone here know more about this? Have you ever come across this when booking tickets for this company? If you had to guess, when would you expect these seats to come available (if ever)?
Thanks a lot,