Canadian Opera Company Reports Strong Attendance

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The Canadian Opera Company had total attendance of 117,000, or 95 percent of capacity, in 2004-05, the Toronto company announced.

In percentage terms, the company matched the attendance record it set last season. The total number of operagoers was its highest since 1992-93, when the company was giving more performances than it does now.

Subscriptions rose by 8.8 percent over the previous season, and total box office revenues rose 17 percent to $8.9 million.

COC presented the Canadian premiere of Poul Ruders' The Handmaid's Tale, based on Margaret Atwood's novel; a new production of Wagner's Siegfried, part of the company's upcoming Ring cycle; Rossini's Tancredi, with contralto Ewa Podles; Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor; Puccini's La bohme; and Verdi's Il trovatore.

The company has already sold more than $6 million in subscriptions for 2005-06, according to a statement.

"The enthusiastic response by ticket-holders is an undeniable sign of their excitement and commitment to the COC," said general director Richard Bradshaw. "The moment that so many people have been looking forward to is almost here, as we prepare to mount our final season at the Hummingbird Centre and move into the COC's new home, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, in summer 2006."

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