- Associated Press - Thursday, September 28, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - New York’s Metropolitan Opera says three days after opening its season it has offered buyouts to 21 of its 243 full-time administrative employees.

A financial report issued in June showed the Met had $294 million in operating expenses in 2015-16, when it operated at a deficit of $177,000. That was down from deficits of nearly $3 million in 2012-13 and about $22 million in 2013-14. There was a $1.1 million surplus in 2014-15.

The company’s percentage of box realized hit a record low of 66 percent in 2015-16, when attendance was 72 percent.

Met general manager Peter Gelb said Thursday that box office realized rose 1 percent last season, when attendance was up 3 percent.

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