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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

The Santa Fe Opera

Fostering and enriching an understanding and appreciation of the operatic art

three stars

86.72

301 Opera Drive Santa Fe, NM 87506
tel: (505) 986-5955   Web Site
EIN: 85-0131810

Board Leadership
Susan F. Morris
Chairman

CEO
Robert K. Meya
General Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.72 three stars
  Financial 88.70 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Santa Fe Opera's mission is to present productions meeting the highest artistic standards in a repertory of new, rarely performed, and standard works. Founded in 1957, the Opera has taken its place among the world's leading opera festivals and has become one of New Mexico's cultural and economic leaders. More than half the audience of 85,000 comes from outside New Mexico representing every state in the union as well as 25 to 30 foreign countries. More than 1,600 performances of nearly 140 different operas have been given at the Opera, including nine world premieres and more than 40 American premieres. The Santa Fe Opera has a wide array of education and community outreach programs to make opera accessible and appealing to a broad spectrum of the New Mexico population.

The Santa Fe Opera's mission is to present productions meeting the highest artistic standards in a repertory of new, rarely performed, and standard works. Founded in 1957, the Opera has taken its place among the world's leading opera festivals and has become one of New Mexico's cultural and economic leaders. More than half the audience of 85,000 comes from outside New Mexico representing every state in the union as well as 25 to 30 foreign countries. More than 1,600 performances of nearly 140 different operas have been given at the Opera, including nine world premieres and more than 40 American premieres. The Santa Fe Opera has a wide array of education and community outreach programs to make opera accessible and appealing to a broad spectrum of the New Mexico population.

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Financial

three stars

88.70

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
72.4%
  Administrative Expenses 19.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.97
  Program Expenses Growth 5.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Santa Fe Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Santa Fe Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Santa Fe Opera (NM) 86.72 three stars
Choral Arts (DC) 85.69 three stars
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre (UT) 86.05 three stars
Michigan Opera Theatre (MI) 85.15 three stars
Hawaii Opera Theatre (HI) 87.27 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,528,457
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $508,644
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $235,365
Total Contributions $10,272,466
   Program Service Revenue $10,385,991
Total Primary Revenue $20,658,457
   Other Revenue $2,236,135
TOTAL REVENUE $22,894,592
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $18,680,579
   Administrative Expenses $5,187,363
   Fundraising Expenses $2,189,193
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $26,057,135
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,162,543
   
Net Assets $115,524,631

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
Summer Festival $17,244,572 92.3%
Education and Community Outreach $1,436,007 7.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 02/01/2019 86.72 three stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 86.58 three stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 87.36 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 87.34 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 02/01/2016 88.44 three stars
2013-09 06/01/2015 82.16 three stars
2012-09 03/01/2014 88.08 three stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 84.86 three stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 80.58 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 82.02 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 76.44 two stars
2008-09 02/01/2010 83.91 three stars
2007-09 03/01/2009 85.35 three stars
2006-09 09/01/2007 91.58 four stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 79.63 two stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 84.22 three stars
2003-09 08/01/2004 72.85 two stars
2002-09 08/01/2003 80.36 three stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 71.35 two 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 85-0131810
Name in IRS Master File THE SANTA FE 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
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 November, 2015
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$655,573 2.51% Charles Mackay General Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Santa Fe Opera (NM) 86.72 three stars
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre (UT) 86.05 three stars
San Francisco Opera (CA) 87.46 three stars
Sarasota Opera (FL) 86.30 three stars
Pittsburgh Opera (PA) 90.07 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Santa Fe Opera
301 Opera Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87506
tel: (505) 986-5955
fax: (505) 986-5946
EIN: 85-0131810

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 2408
Santa Fe, NM 87504

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Board Leadership

Susan F. Morris
Chairman

CEO

Robert K. Meya
General Director

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