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Met Opera attendance ticks up slightly from 2015-16 low

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/15/2017 By RONALD BLUM, Associated Press
This 2009 image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center Plaza in New York. The financially troubled Metropolitan Opera says it projects to break even for the 2016-17 season. Met general manager Peter Gelb said Monday the company’s attendance was up 3 percent this year overall and 1 percent in potential box office realized. (Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera via AP) © The Associated Press This 2009 image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center Plaza in New York. The financially troubled Metropolitan Opera says it projects to break even for the 2016-17 season. Met general manager Peter Gelb said Monday the company’s attendance was up 3 percent this year overall and 1 percent in potential box office realized. (Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The financially troubled Metropolitan Opera says it projects to break even for the 2016-17 season.

Met general manager Peter Gelb says the company's attendance was up 3 percent this year overall and 1 percent in potential box office realized.

There were 80,000 new ticket buyers, the most since the company started tracking figures, up from 74,000 in the previous season. That made up for a continued decline in subscription tickets, a slide that is impacting virtually all music organizations as people wait until closer to performances to purchase.

Attendance slumped over the past decade and box office realized hit a record-low of 66 percent in 2015-16, when attendance was 72 percent.

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