What would you pay to sit?

Jun 30, 2007 by

So, I went to see the ballet in the Vienna Opera House last night. I think I mentioned that 100 euros seemed like a bit much for a ticket, but I discovered that if you stand in line before the concert, you can get a “Stehplatzkasse” a ticket for a standing place at the opera. And it is a slightly discounted price of 2 euros.

So that’s at least one hour of standing to get the ticket and wait for the start of the opera, plus another 2 hours to see the show. Now I know that Jenny and Chris would never pay more than 2 euros if they knew that the standing room tickets existed, but I think I would’ve paid something between 2 and 30 euros for the priveledge of a guaranteed seat.

I mentioned that it was the Ballet. What we could see was very nice. The ballet (to us) was “Romeo and…” well, we couldn’t ever see who Romeo was with. It turns out that the ballerina was always on the left side of the stage and we could only see the right side of the stage. That was a bit of a bummer. For those that will go to Vienna in the future, make sure to go right upstairs to the “standing area” after receiving your tickets and stake out a location. We dawdled looking at the building and that seemed to be a rather large mistake. So when I said I would paz between 2 and 30 euros, I would prefer one that has a view of 100% of the stage too.

But for 2 euros, we got to see the inside of the Vienna Opera House, there was nice music, and surely we burned some calories by standing for so long!

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  1. Jenny

    I would pay good money to sit down! I couldn’t handle standing for such a long period of time!

  2. Pop

    Jenny would faint…and that would just be too much of a scene in the Vienna Opera House! But you had a once in a lifetime experience anyway.

  3. ohiochemengr

    You took my advise and saw Romeo and Juliet! Well, Romeo anyway!

    The other day when I was trying to come up with the name of the character played by Michael York in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film, I could only come up with Mercutio, Romeo’s friend, but he of course was killed by Juliet’s cousin played by Michael York. I had to look up his character’s name – it’s Tybalt (who kills Mercutio with his sword), giving Mercutio to a chance to utter my favorite vengeful words in English literature:

    Referring to his wound, ” ‘Tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door, but ’tis enough, ’twill serve…A plague on both your houses!”

    Speaking of violence, on a lighter note, on NPR tonight I heard a wonderful Simon and Garfunkel-esque parody tonight on Prairie Home Companion where the words of “The Sound of Silence” were changed to “The Sound of Sirens.” It was all a joke about video game junkie violence. I was laughing out loud in the car.

    Still on the topic of violence, of real violence, I then came home and saw the film clips of the terrorist attack on the Glasgow airport terminal. Keep your wits about you and be safe! I miss talking to you all the time!

  4. Topher

    Now Maria. You’ve pegged us pretty well. However, what we would do is stand on opposite ends of the opera house. Then, as we spend another 2 euros for a shared cup of coco, we’d compare notes one what we each saw on our respective stage halves. Then it would be like we both experienced the whole thing at a drastically reduced price.

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