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Opera to Die For

A night at the L.A. Opera brings out black tie and black leather, as the 10-year-old company hopes to ride a nationwide boomlet into the next century.

February 02, 1997|Diane Haithman | Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer

By budget, in millions, 1996-97

Metropolitan Opera (age: 114 years) $158

San Francisco Opera (75 years) 46

Chicago Lyric Opera (43 years) 34.5

FOR THE RECORD
Los Angeles Times Sunday February 16, 1997 Home Edition Calendar Page 91 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 13 words Type of Material: Correction
Opera director--Francesca Zambello's name was misspelled in a Feb. 2 article on L.A. Opera.

New York City Opera (53 years) 27

Los Angeles Opera (11 years) 16.5

Opera Attendance

* From 1993-94 to 1994-95, season total attendance rose 10.1% at all North American opera performances.

* From 1982 to 1992, the U.S. opera audience grew by nearly 25%.

* From 1982 to 1992, the number of 18- to 24-year-olds attending U.S. opera performances rose 18%.

Opera Income

Box-office income, member companies of Opera America: $208,602,261 in 1995, up 8% from 1994.

L.A. Opera Budget

* Earned income (ticket sales, rentals, sharing productions, etc.): $10.3 million

* Donations from all sources (corporations, foundations, individuals, etc.): $3 million

* Production sponsor support: $1 million

* Support from Music Center Unified Fund and Music Center Foundation: $1 million

* Income from galas: $1 million

* Local government funding: $350,000

* Federal arts funding: $150,000

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* L.A. Opera is presenting "Tristan und Isolde," Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Tuesday, Friday and Feb. 12, 15 and 18, 6:30 p.m. $23-$130. (213) 365-3500.

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