You can’t have a show to die for.
Without an audience to die for.
When it’s good – when it’s really good – the audience will always be there.
And they’ll be back the next time.
And the next.
Who are these 2,200 people settling into their seats in Seattle Opera’s magnificent Marion Oliver McCaw Hall? And how did they decide – out of all the ways they could have spent their Sunday night – to come here for 5 1/2 hours?
Why are they here? What did they come for? What about the experience is worth up to $300 a ticket to them?
Therein lies the real art form.
All hail THE AUDIENCE.
Without them – there are no performing arts.