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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

LA Opera

Producing operas and expanding the cultural interests of Los Angeles

three stars

86.77

135 North Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
tel: (213) 972-7277   Web Site
EIN: 95-2096402

Board Leadership
Marc I. Stern
Chairman

CEO
Plácido Domingo Plácido Domingo
General Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.77 three stars
  Financial 85.66 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

LA Opera created a sensation with its debut production of Verdi's Otello starring Plácido Domingo in October 1986. Under the leadership of Founding General Director Peter Hemmings and then Plácido Domingo, LA Opera has grown to become a company of international stature. Presenting leading productions in the standard repertory as well as new and rarely-staged operas, the Company brings prominent LA artists together with other world-renowned singers, designers, directors and conductors to create opera that attracts the attention of international audiences and critics. Since its inception, LA Opera has served nearly one million students, senior citizens, and other audiences through its internationally recognized Education and Community Programs.

LA Opera created a sensation with its debut production of Verdi's Otello starring Plácido Domingo in October 1986. Under the leadership of Founding General Director Peter Hemmings and then Plácido Domingo, LA Opera has grown to become a company of international stature. Presenting leading productions in the standard repertory as well as new and rarely-staged operas, the Company brings prominent LA artists together with other world-renowned singers, designers, directors and conductors to create opera that attracts the attention of international audiences and critics. Since its inception, LA Opera has served nearly one million students, senior citizens, and other audiences through its internationally recognized Education and Community Programs.

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Financial

three stars

85.66

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.1%
  Administrative Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.31
  Program Expenses Growth 0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by LA Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by LA Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
LA Opera (CA) 86.77 three stars
Portland Opera (OR) 88.14 three stars
Opera San José (CA) 92.22 four stars
Lyric Opera of Kansas City (MO) 90.64 four stars
Boston Lyric Opera (MA) 88.03 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $36,462,164
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $3,094,711
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,363,193
Total Contributions $40,920,068
   Program Service Revenue $14,472,677
Total Primary Revenue $55,392,745
   Other Revenue $993,065
TOTAL REVENUE $56,385,810
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $36,111,303
   Administrative Expenses $3,482,622
   Fundraising Expenses $3,471,072
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $43,064,997
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $13,320,813
   
Net Assets $70,675,994

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Opera $30,849,267 85.4%
Artistic Programs $3,983,315 11.0%
Education and Community Outreach $1,278,721 3.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 86.77 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2019 89.12 three stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 88.95 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2017 91.91 four stars
2015-06 05/01/2017 87.92 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 86.02 three stars
2014-06 07/01/2016 86.24 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.58 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/22/2015 85.89 three stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 76.46 two stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 72.52 two stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 74.21 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 78.31 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/01/2010 83.95 three stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 82.95 three stars
2007-06 04/01/2009 90.42 four stars
2006-06 11/01/2007 92.66 four stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 90.22 four stars
2004-06 12/01/2005 90.11 four stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 87.42 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 95-2096402
Name in IRS Master File LOS ANGELES OPERA COMPANY
NTEE Code A6A
NTEE Classification Opera
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (90) Cultural performances
(89) Singing society or group
(119) Other cultural or historical activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date May, 1960
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$535,000 1.24% Christopher Koelsch President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$974,089 2.26% James Conlon Director
$845,141 1.96% Placido Domingo Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
LA Opera (CA) 86.77 three stars
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre (UT) 86.05 three stars
Arizona Opera (AZ) 89.57 three stars
Palm Beach Opera (FL) 86.11 three stars
Lyric Opera of Kansas City (MO) 90.64 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

LA Opera
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
tel: (213) 972-7277
fax: (213) 972-8049
EIN: 95-2096402

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Board Leadership

Marc I. Stern
Chairman

CEO

Plácido Domingo Plácido Domingo
General Director

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