The Royal Opera House is to cut top ticket prices for some operas next season, claims the headline in the Evening Standard. The most expensive tickets for Tosca, for example, will be £175 instead of £210.
Buried inside the article is an explanation for the apparent largesse: "That price drop is being made up for by ticket prices elsewhere."
In other words, cheaper seats will cost more.
While the house itself increasingly becomes a rich man's ghetto, Covent Garden plan to sate the masses with an "ever-expanding programme of live performances relayed into cinemas."