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Berlin Philharmonic tickets!

I bought a ticket for a Beethoven / Shostakovich program, with Sir Simon Rattle running the show.

I was shocked at the price, 72 Euro for a very average seat (behind the orchestra, so with probably an odd acoustic experience). Yes, they are one of the top orchestras in the world, but this sounds rather pricey to me.

So I had an unscientific look at different orchestras and their single ticket prices (that I could find):

Chicago Symphony Orchestra – 22 – 199 USD.
New York Philharmonic – 30- 104 USD.
Detroit Symphony – 23 – 69 USD.
Boston Symphony – 29 – 105 USD.
San Francisco Symphony – 35 – 135 USD.

And four years ago, a standing room ticket to Barber of Seville at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires: 2 USD.