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Opera experienced a decline in ticket sales revenue by 21.4% from $46.2m in 2016 to $36.3m in 2017, with attendance declining by 9.5% from 0.41m in 2016 to 0.37m in 2017. The decrease in average ticket price by 20.8% from $145.80 in 2016 to $115.42 in 2017 further contributed to the decline in revenue.
94.6% of revenue and 90.4% of attendance in the Opera category was generated through performances by AMPAG companies including Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, West Australian Opera Company and the State Opera of South Australia. AMPAG opera companies overall experienced a decrease in revenue by 22.0% and a decrease in attendance by 10.0%.
Major opera performances in 2017 included Carmen(Opera on Sydney Harbour), La Bohème, La Traviata, Tosca and Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (Double Bill).
NSW and Victoria generated the majority of Opera revenue and attendance, with a combined 89.3% of revenue market share (72.6% and 16.7% respectively) and 76% of attendance market share (57.8% and 18.2% respectively). All states and territories except Queensland (2.1%) and WA (37.3%) recorded declines in revenue in 2017 and in attendance only Queensland (31.3%) and NT (7.8%) reported growth.