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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

LA Opera

Producing operas and expanding the cultural interests of Los Angeles

89.83

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

Board Leadership
Keith R. Leonard, Jr.
Chairman

CEO
Christopher Koelsch Plácido Domingo
President, CEO

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.83
  Financial 88.05
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00
This rating was published 04/01/2022 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

88.05

Accountability & Transparency

92.00

This rating was published 04/01/2022 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
83.0%
  Administrative Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.14
  Program Expenses Growth -1.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.8%
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) 89.83
New Orleans Opera Association (LA) 88.14
Lyric Opera of Chicago (IL) 89.87
Opera Omaha (NE) 90.79
Seattle Opera (WA) 85.58

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $19,663,571
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,025,923
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,418,345
Total Contributions $26,107,839
   Program Service Revenue $8,338,498
Total Primary Revenue $34,446,337
   Other Revenue $2,549,462
TOTAL REVENUE $36,995,799
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $33,716,907
   Administrative Expenses $4,869,278
   Fundraising Expenses $2,974,121
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $41,560,306
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-4,564,507
   
Net Assets $71,501,432

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 $28,788,903 85.4%
Artistic Programs $3,553,595 10.5%
LAO Connects $1,374,409 4.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 04/01/2022 89.83
2019-06 12/01/2020 90.87
2018-06 09/03/2019 86.77
2017-06 06/01/2019 89.12
2016-06 03/01/2018 88.95
2015-06 11/01/2017 91.91
2015-06 05/01/2017 87.92
2015-06 12/01/2016 86.02
2014-06 07/01/2016 86.24
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.58
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/22/2015 85.89
2013-06 02/01/2015 76.46
2012-06 11/01/2013 72.52
2011-06 08/01/2012 74.21
2010-06 09/20/2011 78.31
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/01/2010 83.95
2008-06 02/01/2010 82.95
2007-06 04/01/2009 90.42
2006-06 11/01/2007 92.66
2005-06 10/01/2006 90.22

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$671,500 1.61% Christopher Koelsch President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$1,412,020 3.39% Placido Domingo Director
$768,838 1.84% James Conlon Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
LA Opera (CA) 89.83
Opera San José (CA) 85.20
Sarasota Opera (FL) 91.22
Choral Arts (DC) 86.24
MasterVoices (NY) 87.39

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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

Keith R. Leonard, Jr.
Chairman

CEO

Christopher Koelsch Plácido Domingo
President, CEO

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