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Opera experienced a y-o-y growth in revenue by 29.2% and an increase in attendance by 31.9% in 2018. Additionally, the marginal y-o-y increase in average ticket price by 7.5%, from $115.42 in 2017 to $124.11 in 2018 also contributed to the increase in revenue.
93.9% of revenue and 81.9% of attendance in the Opera category was generated through performances by AMPAG companies including Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera and the State Opera of South Australia. AMPAG companies at an overall level experienced a y-o-y increase in Opera revenue by 28.2% and a y-o-y increase in attendance by 19.5%.
Major opera performances in 2018 included La Bohème, The Merry Widow, Aida, Carmen, La Traviata and Rigoletto.
NSW and Victoria generated the majority of Opera revenue and attendance, with a combined 89.5% of revenue market share (70.8% and 18.7% respectively) and 86.2% of attendance market share (65.5% and 20.7% respectively) in 2018. NSW recorded an increase in revenue by 26.1% and an increase in attendance by 49.6%, while Victoria recorded an increase in revenue by 44.2% and 49.7% growth in attendance in 2018 as compared to 2017. ACT witnessed the highest y-o-y growth in revenue (331.9%) and TAS witnessed the highest y-o-y growth in attendance (253.8%) in 2018. Growth in the ACT was primarily due to the fact that Opera Australia toured both these jurisdictions in 2018.