Friday, January 13, 2012

A pretty picture from the MET

The Metropolitan Opera [pictured right] - by the numbers:

57.7: The average age of audience members at performances in 2010, down from 60.4 in 2005, according to the Met.

$182 million: That's what the Met raised last fiscal year -- up 50% from the previous period. Board chair Ann Ziff and her family, heirs to the Ziff Davis publishing fortune, pledged $30 million.

1,700: The number of venues in 54 countries that will screen Met operas in HD this year. Some 8.5 million tickets have been sold so far. Last year HD produced $11 million in profits for the Met.

So... Peter Gelb is apparently doing something relatively correct. At least, that's what the numbers say. Artistically? Too bad we don't have numbers for that - I think the picture would change slightly.

Source: The Met and Fortune Magazine.

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