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8 May 2009

Met Reaches Box-Office Goal for 2008-09 Season; Ticket Sales to Live in HD Series up 43%

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that the company has reached its projected box-office goal for the 2008-09 season - of which just three sold-out performances remain - having sold 87.9 percent of paid-capacity for its thirty-three weeks of performances.

The company also reported that it had sold some 1.6 million tickets to the third season of its Peabody Award-winning Live in HD screenings, amounting to an increase of 43 percent over the previous year.

"Although the economy has taken its toll, the public's interest in the Met continues to grow, providing us with hope for the future," said Met general manager Peter Gelb in a statement issued by the company today.

With box office results for its 2005-06 season having amounted to 76.8 percent of capacity, the Met attributed the double-digit increase in sales to the company's new artistic and public initiatives, which have included its Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman-supported Rush Tickets program as well as weekly drawings for steeply discounted weekend-performance tickets subsidized by the Met's board of directors.

The company attributed the steep rise in attendance for this year's eleven-opera Live in HD series in part to the increased number of venues carrying live transmissions as well presenting subsequent "encore" showings. The company reported that the current season of The Met: Live in HD was shown in 868 venues in thirty-six countries, versus the previous season's scope of 632 venues across nineteen countries.

More information can be found at the Metropolitan Opera.

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