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In 2015, the Opera category experienced a slight decrease in revenue and an increase in total attendances. Gross revenue declined by 2.6% from $42.62 million to $41.51 million, while total attendance grew by 12%. The decrease in average ticket price by 2.8% from $124.92 to $121.43 helps to explain the decrease in revenue despite the growth in attendance.
The majority of ticket sales and thus revenue came from productions staged by AMPAG companies. Within AMPAG, Opera Australia was the largest company in 2015, followed by Opera Queensland, West Australian Opera Company and The State Opera of South Australia. Notably, Opera Australia staged its regular spring season in Melbourne during 2015, which included The Marriage of Figaro and The Elixir of Love. Other major performances by Opera Australia included Opera on the Harbour, Madama Butterfly and Turandot.
Slight increases in growth were experienced in New South Wales with revenue increasing by 8% and attendance by 21%, while in South Australia revenue and attendance grew by 12% and 15% respectively. Western Australia saw a significant increase in attendance (99%), but a decline in revenue of 19% which was predominately due to a significantly lower than average ticket price ($24.21) for shows staged by AMPAG companies in Western Australia throughout the year. All other states experienced negative growth in Opera, particularly Queensland where revenue (63%) and attendance (36%) both fell significantly.