‘La Traviata’ HD Performance matches Oscar-Winning Film’s Box Office Performance

By David Salazar

The Met Opera scored a solid weekend box office for Verdi’s “La Traviata” on Saturday, March 10, 2017.

The HD performance came in at a whopping number nine on the weekend, raking in $1.8 million in just one day, the same amount that Best Picture runner-up “La La Land” managed in three days.

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series is in its 11th season, starting during the 2006-07 season with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” on Dec. 30, 2006. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company saw revenues for the series soar from $5 million in its debut year to over $60 million in 2013-14.

“La Traviata” was the seventh opera to be performed in cinemas worldwide. The season kicked off with Wagner’s “Tristan Und Isolde” before showcasing Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” Saarahio’s “L’Amour de Loin” followed with Verdi’s “Nabucco” the fourth of the year. Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” was the fifth of the season with Dvorak’s “Rusalka” preceding Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

“Idomeneo” will be the next Live in HD transmission on March 25 followed by Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” on April 22. Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” closes out the season on May 13.