The Metropolitan Opera has announced that they will extend their smash hit production of Porgy & Bess starring Eric Owens in the title role and Denyce Graves as Maria. This is the first time the company has extended an opera’s run in its modern history.

The New York Times reports, “The Metropolitan Opera’s sold-out production of the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” has been so successful this season that the company is doing something without precedent in its modern history: It is adding several performances to the run.

“The show, which opened the season in September, was scheduled to return on Jan. 8 for seven performances, through Feb. 1. On Thursday, the Met announced it would add three more, on Feb. 4, 12 and 15.”

The production, has taken in an unprecedented 113% of its anticipated box office revenue. The Met reports that more than 67,000 tickets have been pre-ordered for the February 1 Live in HD screenings.

Tickets for the extended run will go on sale on December 9 at