Opera Colorado's total attendance for its 12 performances fell from 26,439 to 22,399. The drop was not unexpected, however, since last year's La bohme was one of the company's most popular productions in its history.
"Comparing Bohme to anything is difficult because, nationwide, it is always the best-seller," marketing director Rex Fuller told the News.
Colorado Ballet's overall attendance actually grew, from 66,250 to 67,155, but the company gave nine more performances than in 2004. The average attendance dropped from 1,100 to 971.
Both companies are enjoying strong advance sales for 2005-06 as they prepare to move into the new Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Colorado Ballet's subscription sales are 61 percent higher than at this point a year ago; at Opera Colorado, 70 percent of subscribers have renewed and new subscriptions are selling at a faster pace than last year.