clearn.png
Thursday May 23rd, 2019 11:47PM
6:31PM ( 5 hours ago ) Weather Alert

Met Opera ticket sales improve slightly off 2015-16 low

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera's percentage of box office revenue rose slightly this season, giving general manager Peter Gelb hope the company's finances have rebounded.

Gelb said the season that ended Saturday saw 69 percent of box office revenue capacity realized, up from 67 percent in each of the previous two seasons and a low of 66 percent in 2015-16.

Total tickets sold during the eight-month season, which do not reflect discounting, remained steady at 75 percent.

"To me that that's encouraging news. It provides us with some cautious optimism," he said Monday. "If we haven't entirely turned the corner, we're at least moving in the right direction."

This was the first season under music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who started his tenure two years early. Music director emeritus James Levine was fired in March 2018 after the Met said an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. Levine denied the allegations and has sued, claiming breach of contract and defamation.

Gelb hopes the box office gets another boost next season, when the Met presents its first regular Sunday afternoon performances. There will be 16 Sunday matinees, replacing Monday nights. The Met's Saturday afternoon performances have averaged sales of 20 percent higher than evenings, Gelb said.

"The individual ticket sales for Sunday are outpacing three or four other days of the week already," he said.

Gelb said the Met's two single-week presentations of Wagner's Ring Cycle sold out. The controversial Robert Lepage production, featuring a machine with planks that transforms into the various scenes, sold better this year than when the four operas initially were presented together in the staging in 2012. This year's Rings had a cast headed by Christine Goerke, Michael Volle and Tomasz Konieczny.

Gelb said the Ring probably will return in five or six years and the Met has not decided whether to present a new production or another revival of Lepage's staging, which was maligned by several critics.

"I can't tell you how many people came up to me during intermissions when I was in the space of the house telling me how much they love this production," he said. "It was almost like hearing people telling me not to throw away the 'Boheme' of (Franco) Zeffirelli."

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Entertainment, AP Online Movies News, AP Online Recordings News, AP Business, AP Business - Corporate News
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
China retaliates on tariffs, stock markets go into a slide
China boosts tariffs on $60 billion of US goods, hitting back against Trump's tariff hike
5:11PM ( 48 seconds ago )
Dems say Trump, GOP, twisting Tlaib's Holocaust remarks
Trump and House Republicans jab Tlaib for remarks about the Holocaust and the creation of the state of Israel
5:04PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Apps cost too much? Court allows suit adding to Apple's woes
The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps
4:59PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Rapper Kodak Black facing federal gun charge
Rapper Kodak Black has made his initial appearance on a gun charge in Miami federal court
4:29PM ( 42 minutes ago )
Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scheme
"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to participating in the college admissions cheating scheme
4:15PM ( 56 minutes ago )
Lindsey Vonn memoir 'Rise: My Story' coming next year
Lindsey Vonn, retired Alpine skiing champion, is ready to look back with a memoir, 'Rise: My Story,' coming next year
4:13PM ( 59 minutes ago )
AP Entertainment
Documentary about pedophile priests shakes up Poland
A new documentary about pedophile priests is shaking mostly Catholic Poland, eliciting an apology by the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy
1:24PM ( 3 hours ago )
Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97
Doris Day, whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in '60s films, has died
11:40AM ( 5 hours ago )
Poland shaken by documentary about pedophile priests
A new documentary about pedophile priests is shaking mostly Catholic Poland, eliciting an apology by the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy
10:28AM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Online Movies News
Police investigating rappers' ties to shootings around Miami
A weekend of shootings involving rap musicians and their entourages in South Florida for a huge hip-hop festival left two people dead and four wounded
1:05PM ( 4 hours ago )
NBC bets on comedy next year, 'This Is Us" for years to come
NBC will add sitcoms from Kenan Thompson, Fran Drescher this fall and commits to 'This Is Us' for three more years
3:11AM ( 14 hours ago )
Rapper Kodak Black arrested; Lil Wayne bows out of show
Officials say Florida rapper Kodak Black was arrested on federal and state weapons charges just before he was to perform at a hip-hop festival
2:57PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Recordings News
Amazon offers to help employees start delivery business
Amazon to employees: Quit your job and we'll help you start delivery business
3:39PM ( 1 hour ago )
Apps cost too much? Antitrust lawsuit adds to Apple's woes
The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps
3:32PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Trump threatens more action in China trade fight
The Latest: Trump threatens further action in trade fight with China
3:04PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Business
Supreme Court allows consumers antitrust suit against Apple
The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps
12:43PM ( 4 hours ago )
Trade row deepens as China ups tariffs on $60B in US goods
China boosts tariffs on $60 billion of US goods, hitting back against Trump's tariff hike
11:55AM ( 5 hours ago )
Supreme Court allows lawsuit over iPhone apps
The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps
11:03AM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Business - Corporate News
China retaliates on tariffs, stock markets go into a slide
China boosts tariffs on $60 billion of US goods, hitting back against Trump's tariff hike
5:11PM ( 59 seconds ago )
Dems say Trump, GOP, twisting Tlaib's Holocaust remarks
Trump and House Republicans jab Tlaib for remarks about the Holocaust and the creation of the state of Israel
5:04PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Apps cost too much? Court allows suit adding to Apple's woes
The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps
4:59PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Beneath wholesome image, Doris Day was an actor of depth
Doris Day, a Hollywood icon who was more than her wholesome image, dies
4:55PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Escalating US-China trade war sends stocks plunging
Stocks plummeted Monday as the U.S. and China rattle markets with an escalating trade war
4:54PM ( 18 minutes ago )