And it's a big WTF moment.
Almost 15 hours after la Scala earlier today made available (in Milan starting at 9AM) tickets for their Barbiere di Siviglia starring Juan Diego Florez -- a big popular hit with a big popular star, probably the world's most gifted tenor, in the old-skool production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle -- there are still tickets available (only the performance of July 12 has managed to sell all the available tickets).
JDF will sing on July 9, 12, 20 and 23 -- Lawrence Brownlee will do the rest of the run.
Again, it's wise to explain to how the complicated Scala box office works: if you see in the screen shots above and below that, say, 100 tickets are still available for a certain performance, it doesn't mean that they already sold every seat in the house except for the 100 still for sale. La Scala, following a probably random, certainly user-unfriendly and scalper-friendly system, only releases a few tickets at a time. They release a batch of a few hundred, and usually they get sold out quickly (at least for big productions). Then Scala will release a few more tickets in the following weeks, waiting to sell the second batch out, and so forth, up until a few days before the performance if sales are slow. Add to that the horrible phenomenon of travel agencies that get an unholy amount of tickets and try to sell at a monster premium to tourists -- whenever the travel agencies can't sell them all, they give the tickets back to la Scala. La Scala will then try to sell the leftover tickets via their official box office.
This season's other big hit, Placido Domingo's Simon Boccanegra, for example, sold out in three minutes after its initial offering to the public at the usual time (9AM). Tonight, on the other hand, there are still a lot of unsold Barbiere tickets. Even when Florez is singing the lead.