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 produced 28 staged and concert Opera performances for approximately 13,600 attendees. The september 2019 festival featured 5 Opera events produced concurrently, including two world premieres, and a concert series featuring emerging artists, at venues across the city. The company also held the free-to-the-public event Opera on the mall, a broadcast performance of "la boheme" at independence national historical park for 4,000 attendees. In lieu of a spring production due to the covid-19 pandemic, Opera Philadelphia produced a free-to-watch digital festival on youtube in may consisting of 5 past operas, including 4 new works, that received 39,000 collective views from across the united states and around the world.
Tyshawn sorey, an acclaimed composer and multi-intrumentalist, was named the new composer in residence in 2019 and participated in two workshops with musicians at Opera Philadelphia in fy20. Two operas by former composers in residence - "sky on swings" by lembit beecher and "breaking the waves" by missy mazzoli - were presented as part of the free-to-watch digital festival in may 2020.
Education programs: the Opera continued to partner with the school district of Philadelphia in fy20 both in person and later virtually, due to the covid-19 pandemic, for sounds of learning, an art-integration program. The program uses Opera to enhance the core curriculum through music, language arts, social studies, and more. In fy20, the program reached 1,490 students and teachers through dress rehearsal attendance and classroom programming. The Opera also offered a residency program in schools, until it was halted due to covid-19, that reached 721 students. Backstage pass, the Opera's technical theater workforce readiness program that allows students to gain hands-on skills and exposure to building trades, make-up, and lighting design, including one-on-one mentorship, engaged 5 students and was able to continue throughout fy20. The teen voices of the city ensemble (t-voce), which provides space for students to develop vocal technique and self-expression through spoken word, weekly rehearsals and voice lessons, had 17 participants, most of whom continued with the program during the pandemic through virtual rehearsals, and held 4 pre-pandemic public concerts. Opera Philadelphia also offered lectures before performances that reached 1,600 people in-person, and an additional audience over facebook live.

Who funds Opera Philadelphia

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Andrew W. Mellon FoundationTo Support A Revolving, Board-Designated Cash Reserve Fund$750,000
Peter and Judy Leone FoundationSupport of the Arts$550,000
Disosway FoundationCharitable$550,000
...and 46 more grants received totalling $3,465,162

Personnel at Opera Philadelphia

Jeremiah MarksChief Financial Officer$141,729
Frank LuziVice President of Marketing and Communicati$126,770
Rachel McCauslandVice President of Development$148,318
David LevySenior Vice President of Artistic$127,003
Michael BoltonPast Vice President of Community Initiatives$120,013
...and 10 more key personnel

Financials for Opera Philadelphia

RevenuesFYE 05/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$13,050,615
Program services$1,313,305
Investment income and dividends$12,824
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-1,230
Net income from fundraising events$-72,471
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$90,122
Total revenues$14,393,165

Form 990s for Opera Philadelphia

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-052021-04-15990View PDF
2019-052020-09-16990View PDF
2018-052019-05-14990View PDF
2017-052018-05-14990View PDF
2016-052017-04-19990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

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San Diego Opera AssociationSan Diego, CA$8,117,025
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Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 10 new grant, including a grant for $50,000 from Philadelphia Foundation (PF)
December 17, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 5 new personnel
September 24, 2021
Received grants
Identified 20 new grant, including a grant for $750,000 from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
August 21, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
June 26, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
Nonprofit Types
Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsPerforming arts organizationsOperas and symphoniesTheatersCharities
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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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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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