First come first served indeed!
Some opera-lovers went out of their way to nab the best seats in the house for the Metropolitan Opera’s free screenings this week in the middle of Lincoln Center. Gwen Solomon shot the photos above and below around 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Otello, the first of the screenings, isn’t set to start until 8 p.m. on Monday night. The screening of Il Trovatore wasn’t set to start until 8 p.m. that night.
The t-shirts and bags placed on chairs do make for a pretty tableau, even as they transmit an aggressive sentiment: hands off my Don Giovanni!
We are awaiting word from Lincoln Center about how they feel about this. We have heard rumors that the authorities do not take kindly to seat-grabbers.
Editor’s note: please silently clap for our use of the word tenor in the headline.