Freedom -- as the song goes -- may be $1.05, but art is rather more. Still, judging from its 2005-06 subscription booklet, the Met has somewhat moderated its endless price increases of the last several seasons. Weeknight ticket prices (Monday-Thursday) are actually going down, which is good news unless your subscription is in the back of Dress Circle:
|Orchestra Prime / Grand Tier A-D||$170||$170|
|Orchestra Balance / Grand Tier E-G||$110||$95|
|Orchestra Rear / Grand Tier Boxes (side)||$95||$75|
|Dress Circle Boxes (side) / Balcony||$63||$63|
|Balcony Boxes (side, all partial view) / Family Circle||$26||$25|
Meanwhile Friday and Saturday prices, which saw a large relative increase last year, will remain the same (as follows).
|Orchestra Prime / Grand Tier A-D||$170||$215|
|Orchestra Balance / Grand Tier E-G||$145||$145|
|Orchestra Rear / Grand Tier Boxes (side)||$105||$115|
|Dress Circle Boxes (side) / Balcony||$68||$75|
|Balcony Boxes (side, all partial view) / Family Circle||$35||$40|
With the recent return of student tickets, there's now one frontier of price discrimination the house has yet to exploit: jacking up Saturday matinee prices relative to Saturday evenings. With every matinee being sold out far in advance -- largely, I believe, due to the senior and far-out-of-town audiences -- there's clearly room for it.
UPDATE (5/17): Oops, seems I missed another place to raise prices.