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Tickets to great performances have never been so cheap or widely available—and yet so hard to get. Plus, why has Glyndebourne ditched Mozart?

By Martin Kettle   October 2008

The curse of transparency

Roger Wright’s debut season of Proms this summer was a great success. But no concert stood out quite as exceptionally as that of the 2007 performance of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, under the then 26-year-old Gustavo Dudamel (pictured, below right). That now legendary concert, which began with a hyper-intense Shostakovich 10th and ended in an exuberant celebration of North and South American dance music, was a breakthrough event. No orchestral concert in living memory has created a bigger stir.

Ever since, London’s concert halls have been fighting to secure a return trip from…

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