Opera statistics 2014/15 
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Statistics : 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14 2012/13 2011/12 2009/10

Key figures at-a-glance:

  • Operabase
    415.000 performances on file since 1996;
    Seasons of 900+ opera companies, around 25,000 performances each year

  • The five seasons 2010/11 to 2014/15
    Works from 1246 different composers were played, of whom more than half (670) are living
    A total of 2555 different works were given, including 548 world premieres over the 5 seasons

  • The 2014/15 season
    Over 24000 performances
    The most operatic countries: Germany (7386 performances)
    Cities with the most opera: Moscow (586 performances)
CountriesTop
Total number of performances by country, for the 2014/15 season.
In brackets, the national populations in millions.
deGermany  7386 (81.758m)
usUnited States  1724 (308.746m)
ruRussia  1675 (141.927m)
itItaly  1349 (60.419m)
atAustria  1225 (8.356m)
frFrance  1213 (65.822m)
ukUnited Kingdom  1129 (62.042m)
czCzech Republic  767 (10.675m)
chSwitzerland  742 (7.786m)
10 plPoland  690 (38.192m)
11 huHungary  643 (9.942m)
12 esSpain  527 (46.030m)
13 seSweden  469 (9.354m)
14 bgBulgaria  308 (7.577m)
15 uaUkraine  305 (44.854m)
16 beBelgium  271 (10.828m)
17 auAustralia  261 (22.560m)
18 roRomania  253 (21.959m)
19 dkDenmark  227 (5.558m)
20 noNorway  210 (4.938m)
Countries, per capitaTop
The number of performances per million citizens.
In brackets, the total number of performances and the population in millions.
atAustria146.6 (1225 /8.356m)
eeEstonia97.0 (130 /1.340m)
chSwitzerland95.3 (742 /7.786m)
deGermany90.3 (7386 /81.758m)
czCzech Republic71.9 (767 /10.675m)
huHungary64.7 (643 /9.942m)
siSlovenia58.6 (120 /2.049m)
ltLithuania53.3 (173 /3.244m)
seSweden50.1 (469 /9.354m)
10 noNorway42.5 (210 /4.938m)
11 dkDenmark40.8 (227 /5.558m)
12 bgBulgaria40.6 (308 /7.577m)
13 lvLatvia40.1 (89 /2.218m)
14 skSlovakia37.2 (202 /5.430m)
15 luLuxembourg31.9 (16 /0.502m)
16 fiFinland25.9 (139 /5.375m)
17 hrCroatia25.9 (116 /4.486m)
18 beBelgium25.0 (271 /10.828m)
19 itItaly22.3 (1349 /60.419m)
20 frFrance18.4 (1213 /65.822m)
CitiesTop
The number of performances in each city, in the 2014/15 season.
The figure given in brackets is the urban population in millions.
1ru (#1)Moscow  586  (10.56m)
2at (#1)Wien  512  (2.00m)
3de (#1)Berlin  498  (3.44m)
4ru (#2)St Petersburg  494  (4.88m)
5uk (#1)London  490  (8.28m)
6hu (#1)Budapest  410  (2.52m)
7fr (#1)Paris  336  (10.20m)
8de (#2)Hamburg  324  (1.77m)
9us (#1)New York  322  (18.22m)
10cz (#1)Praha  321  (1.25m)
11de (#3)Dresden  272  (0.78m)
12de (#4)München  264  (2.61m)
13ch (#1)Zurich  223  (0.37m)
14de (#5)Frankfurt  211  (2.29m)
15se (#1)Stockholm  201  (1.25m)
16es (#1)Madrid  190  (3.26m)
17de (#6)Mannheim  175  (0.32m)
18de (#7)Stuttgart  172  (1.80m)
19de (#8)Köln  164  (1.00m)
20au (#1)Sydney  153  (3.64m)

ComposersTop
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