EIN 23-1504706

Opera Philadelphia

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Opera Philadelphia is committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century. Their mission is: to deliver outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage their public and propel their genre forward; identify extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and provide opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work; present innovative programming relevant to the multi-cultural Philadelphia region that broadens and diversifies the opera audience.
Also known as...
Opera Company of Philadelphia
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Program areas at Opera Philadelphia

During this fiscal year, Opera Philadelphia debuted a hybrid model with both digital Opera screenings and live productions. A recording of "la traviata "was shown for free in dilworth park in september as part of a new initiative, Opera in the park. The Opera Philadelphia chorus performed in two free concerts: one at wharton-wesley united methodist church in west Philadelphia, and one at dilworth park. An august concert at the mann, "an evening of vocal fireworks: amici e rivali," featured singers lawrence brownlee and michael spyres. In january, Opera Philadelphia presented two concerts of "oedipus rex + lilacs" at verizon hall. The first performance was also simulcast on the Opera Philadelphia channel. The concert stream was available for free for the next month and had 3,365 views. In the spring, Opera Philadelphia brought lindy hume's production of "rigoletto" to the academy of music with four successful performances, featuring many singers making company and role debuts.
In may 2022, community initiatives presented "resonant philly," a groundbreaking, free relaxed performance that combined Opera film screenings with asl, audio description, and vibrotextile wearable technology. Audio description continued to be offered for many Opera Philadelphia channel offerings as well as at one performance of each live production. Braille programs were offered at all live performances. A dress rehearsal program of interactive learning materials was created for channel programs and in-person productions, reaching students from 51 philadelphia-area schools. A hybrid residency program in partnership with the school district of Philadelphia brought arts curriculum centered on social emotional learning practices to 4th grade students at five schools. Backstage pass, a program that exposes youth to careers in technical theater, engaged with its participants through weekly sessions and site visits. T-voce, a free choir that helps build musicianship and community, held in-person rehearsals, workshops, voice lessons, and two concerts.
On the Opera Philadelphia channel, the company continued its acclaimed digital commissions series with "taktakshoo" by composer rene orth and librettist kanika ambrose. In september 2021, a new film of "la voix humaine" starring patricia racette premiered and has since been nominated for a grammy. A recording of "the marriage of figaro" was also added to the channel lineup. "reflection & re-vision," a free series that explores and challenges traditional ideas around the canon, also continued on the channel. In january, the channel premiered "svadba," a new film produced by and co-presented with boston lyric Opera.

Who funds Opera Philadelphia

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Andrew W. Mellon FoundationTo Support the Implementation of Hybrid Programming Models and Critical Analysis of Organizational, Artistic, and Audience Environments$750,000
Horace W Goldsmith FoundationSpecial Project$250,000
Schwab Charitable FundArts, Culture & Humanities$234,300
...and 53 more grants received totalling $3,044,459

Personnel at Opera Philadelphia

Jeremiah MarksChief Financial Officer$110,630
Frank LuziVice President of Marketing and Communications / Vice President of Communications$122,246
Rachel McCauslandVice President of Development / Director of Philanthropic Engagement$133,561
David LevySenior Vice President of Artistic Operations / Senior Vice President , Artistic Operations / Vice President of Artistic Operations / Senior Vice President of Artistic / Director of Artistic Operations$128,887
Michael BoltonVice President of Comm Initiatives / Vice President of Community Initiatives / Vice President of Community Programs$100,031
...and 8 more key personnel

Financials for Opera Philadelphia

RevenuesFYE 05/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$10,457,233
Program services$755,624
Investment income and dividends$11,925
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-29,740
Net income from fundraising events$-176,300
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$29,229
Total revenues$11,047,971

Form 990s for Opera Philadelphia

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-052023-03-13990View PDF
2020-052021-04-15990View PDF
2019-052020-09-16990View PDF
2018-052019-05-14990View PDF
2017-052018-05-14990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s

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Data update history
June 17, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
June 15, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 6 new personnel
June 12, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
May 15, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
May 10, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
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General information
1420 Locust St Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Metro area
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Philadelphia County, PA
Website URL
(215) 893-3600
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A6A: Opera
NAICS code, primary
711110: Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
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