EIN 25-1073139

Pittsburgh Opera

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Creating live opera at the highest standards of artistic excellence, making opera accessible to a diverse audience, developing young singers into tomorrow's artists, ensuring the future through responsible fiscal management.
Related structure
Pittsburgh Opera is a subordinate organization under Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO).
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Program areas at Pittsburgh Opera

Pittsburgh Opera's core programming initiative is the fostering, development and support of music and Opera along with the presentation of productions in a variety of musical and dramatic styles, drawn from the complete operatic repertoire. Casts include internationally renowned artists performing with Pittsburgh Opera's chorus and orchestra in productions from around the world. Pittsburgh Opera attracts a diverse audience of more than 25,000 music-lovers to these performances, making a significant contribution to the economic health and social vitality of Pittsburgh's cultural district. In the 2019-2020 season, the Opera produced two main stage operas, and two new productions for the resident artists at capa theatre and the george rowland white studio, respectively for a total of sixteen performances. Due to the covid pandemic and state and local government restrictions on public gatherings, the Opera was forced to cancel two mainstage productions and its annual student matinee resulting in nine missed performances.
Pittsburgh Opera's education programs are designed to bring Opera closer to the community and to broaden understanding of and enthusiasm for the art form among people of all ages. Programming includes lectures, demonstrations, staged performances, workshops, concerts and recitals that introduce Opera to students from grades pre-k to college, and that enhance appreciation of Opera among adult lifelong learners. Other activities make Opera accessible to people with disabilities and provide educators with the resources they need to integrate the study of Opera and to address state academic standards in all content areas. Pittsburgh Opera has over 30 education programs and provides services to 20,000 participants annually. Education programs impact over 900 educators and the student matinee production reaches over 2,500 school children each season.
Pittsburgh Opera's resident artist training program is an intensive program designed to develop the talents of emerging vocal artists and stage directors. The program provides practical experience to these artists through performances in the Opera's mainstage productions as well as two resident artist productions. The program includes an individual course of study designed to establish a comprehensive foundation for the emerging Opera singer's burgeoning career, including vocal coaching, career management counseling, media coaching and master classes with operatic experts, all delivered in an environment that is supportive and nurturing so that singers can experiment, learn and grow as interpretive artists. For the resident artist program the company produces two fully-staged productions with orchestra for four performances each, making it the only major Opera company in the united states to do so. Each year the program receives over 350 applications for 7-8 positons.

Who funds Pittsburgh Opera

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Richard King Mellon FoundationToward Support of Operations$300,000
The Ayco Charitable FoundationArts and Culture$117,650
Jewish Federation of Greater PittsburghTo Support Culture and Arts$105,800
...and 31 more grants received totalling $1,170,450

Personnel at Pittsburgh Opera

William J. PowersManaging Director
Bob RakDirector of Finance and Administration
Christian D. CoxDirector of Marketing and Communications
Michael BraxtonDirector of Development
Steven GrairDirector of Production
...and 24 more key personnel

Financials for Pittsburgh Opera

RevenuesFYE 06/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$5,248,897
Program services$128,142
Investment income and dividends$441,760
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$5,300
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$364,540
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$6,188,639

Form 990s for Pittsburgh Opera

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062021-04-06990View PDF
2019-062020-06-05990View PDF
2018-062019-05-14990View PDF
2017-062018-03-14990View PDF
2016-062017-04-18990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

Organizations like Pittsburgh Opera

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The Santa Fe Opera (SFO)Santa Fe, NM$24,537,384
Opera PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA$14,393,165
Seattle OperaSeattle, WA$28,691,887
San Diego Opera AssociationSan Diego, CA$8,117,025
Opera GuildMiami, FL$1,990,223
Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT)Honolulu, HI$2,833,084
Arizona Opera CompanyPhoenix, AZ$6,725,476
Cincinnati Opera AssociationCincinnati, OH$5,063,717
Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $6,000 from American Endowment Foundation
October 1, 2021
Received grants
Identified 18 new grant, including a grant for $300,000 from Richard King Mellon Foundation
September 15, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 10 new personnel
June 23, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
June 17, 2021
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
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General information
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Metro area
Pittsburgh, PA
Allegheny County, PA
Website URL
(412) 281-0912
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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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