Met Opera season had no COVID cancellations but sales down

By Associated Press |

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Isabel Leonard in the title role of Massenet’s Cinderella (Photo: Karen Almond / Met Opera)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera sold 56% of ticket dollar capacity this season as it returned from a 1 1/2-year absence. The institution managed 196 staged performances without a cancellation, but sales were down from 69% during the last pre-pandemic season of 2018-19. The United States’ largest performing-arts organization, whose season began September 27 and ended Saturday, sold 61% of available tickets without regard for discounting, down from 75% in 2018-19. Prior to the pandemic, the 2019-20 season was on track to finish with 72% of dollar capacity and 76% of tickets sold. The pandemic forced the cancellation of the final 58 performances.

Ronald Blum for the Associated Press