Revenue from ticket sales at the company rose by 10.6 percent in 2004-05 compared with 2003-04; 92.8 percent of seats were filled, up 4.5 percent from the previous year. Contributions also rose, with donations from individuals, grants from foundations and government sources, and receipts from the annual opening-night gala all up by 15 percent or more.
"The 2004-2005 season was a tremendous year of growth on all levels," said board chair Gus Blanchard. "Artistically, financially, and institutionally, the company reached new heights."
The company's season included a new stagings of Donizetti's rarely performed Maria Padilla and John Adams' Nixon in China, as well as productions of Bizet's Carmen and Puccini's Madama Butterfly.