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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

The Dallas Opera

A Dallas tradition for over 60 years

three stars

88.13

2403 Flora Street Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75201
tel: (214) 443-1043   Web Site
EIN: 75-6004746

Board Leadership
Mark LaRoe
Board Chair

CEO
Ian Derrer
General Director & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.13 three stars
  Financial 83.22 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Dallas Opera is a world-class performing arts organization producing outstanding repertoire; attracting national and international attention; committed to extensive community outreach and education; and managed to the highest possible standards of artistic excellence, accountability, efficiency, and financial sustainability.

The Dallas Opera was officially founded in 1957, opening with a heavily publicized concert, starring a glittering and glamorous Maria Callas. In the years since, TDO has presented many international artists in their U.S. debuts, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Jon Vickers, and Montserrat Caballé,

More than 60 years of artistic excellence and community engagement has earned The Dallas Opera a major role in shaping the national/international cultural reputation of Dallas. TDO has also made-and continues to make-an important contribution to the economic impact of the performing arts in North Texas.

The Dallas Opera is a world-class performing arts organization producing outstanding repertoire; attracting national and international attention; committed to extensive community outreach and education; and managed to the highest possible standards of artistic excellence, accountability, efficiency, and financial sustainability.

The Dallas Opera was officially founded in 1957, opening with a heavily publicized concert, starring a glittering and glamorous Maria Callas. In the years since, TDO has presented many international artists in their U.S. debuts, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Jon Vickers, and Montserrat Caballé,

More than 60 years of artistic excellence and community engagement has earned The Dallas Opera a major role in shaping the national/international cultural reputation of Dallas. TDO has also made-and continues to make-an important contribution to the economic impact of the performing arts in North Texas.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Total number of performances
25
Total number of free performances given
10
Number of clients participating in educational programs
24,932
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

83.22

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
77.6%
  Administrative Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.48
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 43.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Dallas Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Dallas Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Dallas Opera (TX) 88.13 three stars
Glimmerglass Festival (NY) 86.21 three stars
Arizona Opera (AZ) 89.57 three stars
MasterVoices (NY) 87.39 three stars
San Francisco Opera (CA) 87.46 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $14,898,299
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $240,500
Total Contributions $15,138,799
   Program Service Revenue $3,592,061
Total Primary Revenue $18,730,860
   Other Revenue $124
TOTAL REVENUE $18,730,984
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,765,314
   Administrative Expenses $2,348,653
   Fundraising Expenses $1,552,078
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $17,666,045
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,064,939
   
Net Assets $9,212,654

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
Performances $13,244,410 96.2%
Minority Outreach Programs $520,904 3.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 04/01/2020 88.13 three stars
2017-06 10/01/2018 92.71 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 91.10 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 83.23 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 79.83 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 78.59 two stars
2013-06 04/01/2015 84.45 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2014 89.50 three stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 86.45 three stars
2011-05 08/01/2012 81.70 three stars
2010-05 09/20/2011 89.04 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-05 11/24/2010 80.07 three stars
2008-05 12/01/2009 87.95 three stars
2007-05 10/01/2008 82.66 three stars
2006-05 08/01/2007 77.26 two stars
2005-05 10/01/2006 69.29 one star
2004-05 04/01/2005 67.95 one star
2003-05 03/01/2004 66.50 one star
2002-05 04/15/2003 89.63 three stars
2001-05 10/15/2002 86.80 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 75-6004746
Name in IRS Master File DALLAS OPERA
NTEE Code A6A
NTEE Classification Opera
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Governmental unit 170(b)(1)(A)(v)
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 October, 1957
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$471,885 2.67% Keith Cerny General Director & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Dallas Opera (TX) 88.13 three stars
Opera San José (CA) 92.22 four stars
Lyric Opera of Kansas City (MO) 94.24 four stars
Opera Grand Rapids (MI) 85.43 three stars
Lyric Opera of Chicago (IL) 91.61 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Dallas Opera
2403 Flora Street
Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75201
tel: (214) 443-1043
EIN: 75-6004746

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Board Leadership

Mark LaRoe
Board Chair

CEO

Ian Derrer
General Director & CEO

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