George Steel, the general manager and artistic director made the announcement in an email blast late Friday afternoon:
I am also delighted to report that as a gift to the City of New York, The Reed Foundation and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation have bought the remaining seats for all performances at BAM, allowing us to offer these seats at a special price of $25 to celebrate our new beginning. I invite you to purchase tickets today to take advantage of this incredibly generous and thoughtful gift.
That means you can see Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna and Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata for a song. Go here to get your tickets now.
While the three-year deal struck by the struggling opera company with its singers and instrumentalists keeps things going, it’s not a happy ending it means less money for an already hard-hit group of musicians. But without the deal, it appeared NYCO would have vanished forever.