Toronto the highbrow? Canadian Opera Company announces record-breaking sales

Toronto the highbrow? Canadian Opera Company announces record-breaking sales

Robert LePage's Nightingale and Other Short Fables enjoyed a sold-out run (Image: Michael Cooper) 

Torontonians may love the over-the-top, big-budget musicals, but it seems we’re patrons of highbrow culture, too: the Canadian Opera Company has announced a record-breaking 2009–2010 season, with excellent ticket sales and near-capacity crowds at each of its 70 shows. Two of its seven operas had sold-out runs—Robert Lepage‘s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables and Madama Butterfly—and overall, the season’s performances were at 97.6 per cent capacity (in August, it even introduced standing-room only “seats”).

This all adds up to $13 million in revenue from ticket sales, up 6.2 per cent from last season. But it’s not just about the money; the season was also a critical success, with The Flying Dutchman winning two Dora Awards and The Nightingale winning outstanding production.

If you can’t make it to the theatre for a warbling vibrato fix, the entire season will be broadcast on CBC Radio 2.

Banner year for COC [Toronto Sun]
COC has surplus as box office jumps 6.2% [CBC]