While the Met plays one-third empty across the season, the Vienna Opera has reported 98.6 percent sales in its latest statistical briefing:
In the 2015/2016 season, a total of 394 performances was watched by 610,516 visitors. The 290 performances on the main stage of the Wiener Staatsoper achieved an average attendance of 98.59% of seating capacity.
Vienna Opera queue
Eight premières (opera, ballet, children’s opera) and 66 different works as well as two tours (opera and ballet) were staged. The total expenditure in 2015/2016 came to €114.8m, the subsidy by the republic of Austria amounted to €60.4m. Ticket sales achieved record revenues of €34.8m. Self-generated revenue amounted to 43.8%.
Interim result for the 2016/2017 season: As of February 27th, 2017, average attendance in the main house (opera, ballet, recitals) amounts to 98.84% (99.43% just for opera). Ticket sale revenue is €20,091,187.73. Average revenue per performance is €122.507,24.