Next April, Michel van der Aa's new opera Sunken Garden receives its world premiere via ENO at the Barbican.
No doubt, as usual, pairs of free tickets will be distributed to press, ENO employees, friends, patrons, theatre workers, mates of the chorus, Damon Albarn, etc.
But how many free tickets does the composer - who let us not forget has slaved away for months actually writing the thing - receive? Just two, apparently. He's even been forced to fork out £50 just so his mother can attend one of the most important events (perhaps THE most important) in his professional career.
Let me make it 100% clear that Michel van der Aa himself has NOT complained or even commented about his miserable allocation.
But isn't there something odd about an organisation that hands out tickets willy-nilly to any Tom, Dick or blogger (exception - Yours Truly) but can't/won't extend the hand of generosity to someone who deserves it more than anyone?