The Metropolitan Opera has set a record for its box office opening day. The company sold more than $2.6 million worth of single tickets for the new season.
It's part of the Met's first new version in more than two decades of the German composer's four-part epic, "Der Ring des Nibelungen.''
When the box office opened to the public Sunday, more than 24,000 tickets were sold for a total topping $2.6 million, compared to $2.5 million last year.
News of the recording-setting sales is especially welcome at the Met after years of financial struggles exacerbated by the recession.