Opera de Paris versus Province : concentration of live opera market in France ?

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Waiting for getting the brandnew print issue of the French Ministry of Culture report on 2014 Key Culture figures, I have found some public statistics from the 2013 report.  Based on these datas, I had fun to do a little comparison “Paris Province». By Province, I means all the regions of  France excepted Ile-de-France (City of Paris and its surrounding regions)

After taking a few methodological precautions to compare calendar years and seasons, I started in calculating the weight of the Opera de Paris in the total entries to the opera performances in France.

Unfortunately, in 2013 Report, the most recent statistics available in this report are 2011. Based on 2008-2010 figures, there is little chance that 2012 and 2013 are significantly different from 2011!

Opera de Paris / Province : an unfair match ?

If you look at the entries by category for performances held in the institutions members of ROF (Meeting of operas France), we can see that Opera de Paris is overrepresented. The Opera de Paris accounts for 44% of total admissions to an opera performance in France in 2011!

Opera de Paris has a dominant position regarding opera audience in France

Opera de Paris has a dominant position regarding opera audience in France

I outline that these datas relate only to operas members of ROF. They do not take into account privately-held theaters such as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées nor the Théâtre du Châtelet (which is manage by the City of Paris) in Paris where opera performances are also held. If they were counted, there is a safe bet that the imbalance would even be more blatant : (!


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About Ramzi SAIDANI

Ramzi SAIDANI is fond of classic music (abooove all opera) and new technologies. He particularly likes digital, the web, Puccini, Massenet, Domingo, Alagna, Netrebko & Gruberova (Grubi for the ntimes). He works as digital marketer and strategy consultant while studying lyric singing with Pierre VANHOENACKERE in Tourcoing Conservatory. He is also president of the Association Cavatine et Rondo (dedicated to lyrical music promotion) and he wrote a book of short stories ”Nouvelles Russes”, in which of course music play a major role :)

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