Canadian Opera Company Attendance Drops Slightly in 2005-06

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Toronto's Canadian Opera Company's average attendance was 92 percent of capacity in 2005-06, the company's final year at the Hummingbird Centre, the COC announced. Total ticket revenue was more than $8.8 million.

Both numbers were down slightly from 2004-05, when attendance was 95 percent and revenue was $8.9 million. Total attendance was 114,000, down from 117,000 last year.

The company presented 39 performances of six productions: Verdi's Macbeth, Bizet's Carmen, Handel's Rodelinda, Bellini's Norma, Berg's Wozzeck, and Wagner's G‹tterd‹mmerung, the last installment in the company's Ring cycle.

General director Richard Bradshaw said, "The enthusiastic response of our patrons this season bodes well for the company as we prepare for the moment we've all been waiting for, the opening of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts."

According to a press release, the COC has already sold $6.4 million of subscriptions for 2006-07, its inaugural season in the new venue.

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