David, I too had a search on Google and also a look at the French Ministry of Culture website, but couldn't find anything.
I'm assuming you are interested in orders of magnitude, rather than exactitude. From the dim and distant past, I have a memory that the full Paris Opera grant was greater than the annual US National Endowment for the Arts budget, suggesting around $150m.
For comparison, the Royal Opera House now receives around $50m per annum, which is around 30% of total income. Given that:
- the Paris Opera has two major venues, as opposed to one in London
- POB has many more dancers (is it around 140, Cathy?) than the Royal's 92
- I would imagine the Paris Opera subsidy %age is around double or more that of the Royal, especially looking at ticket price comparisons.
Where does that leave us?
RO - $50m
scale up by factors of 2 for %age subsidy, 1.5 greater cost base due to staff and building, gives:
$50x2x1.5 = $150m
So both guesstimates for the entire Paris Opera subsidy comes out at $150m (I didn' fix it, honest!!)
What about Paris Opera Ballet alone? Well, the Royal Opera grant is no longer split between opera and ballet, but when it was, around 45% of the total was for ballet. If POB is similar, then that gives a subsidy of the order of $67.5m.
Given all the guesses here, there is clearly an error bound. I would be inclined to say that the Paris Opera Ballet grant was probably within the range $50m-$80m per annum.
Given the quality of the dancers and the mix of 19th, 20th classics and innovative work, it's money well spent in my book.
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