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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Communicating the richness and power of live opera and music theatre

four stars

94.36

210 Hazel Avenue St. Louis, MO 63119
tel: (314) 961-0171   Web Site
EIN: 43-0821958

Board Leadership
Noémi Neidorff
Chairman

CEO
Timothy O'Leary
General Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.36 four stars
  Financial 93.11 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) was founded in the spring of 1976 by Richard Gaddes, with a small group of opera-lovers who were determined to bring festival-quality opera to the St. Louis area. Each spring, OTSL offers a festival season of quality productions sung in English by the best young American singers, all accompanied by members of the Saint Louis Symphony. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has earned a reputation for artistic quality and a commitment to education and professional development programs. OTSL is a local and national resource for talent at all levels, with interrelated education programs, apprenticeships, community events and professional training programs.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) was founded in the spring of 1976 by Richard Gaddes, with a small group of opera-lovers who were determined to bring festival-quality opera to the St. Louis area. Each spring, OTSL offers a festival season of quality productions sung in English by the best young American singers, all accompanied by members of the Saint Louis Symphony. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has earned a reputation for artistic quality and a commitment to education and professional development programs. OTSL is a local and national resource for talent at all levels, with interrelated education programs, apprenticeships, community events and professional training programs.

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Financial

four stars

93.11

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
81.5%
  Administrative Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.80
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (MO) 94.36 four stars
Minnesota Opera (MN) 85.27 three stars
Michigan Opera Theatre (MI) 86.16 three stars
Portland Opera (OR) 86.48 three stars
San Francisco Opera (CA) 89.13 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,018,938
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,392,087
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $90,000
Total Contributions $8,501,025
   Program Service Revenue $1,659,206
Total Primary Revenue $10,160,231
   Other Revenue $1,169,399
TOTAL REVENUE $11,329,630
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,488,243
   Administrative Expenses $884,097
   Fundraising Expenses $850,111
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,222,451
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,107,179
   
Net Assets $41,225,218

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
Festival Season $7,985,699 94.1%
Education and Community Engagement Programs $502,544 5.9%

Ratings History
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-09 03/01/2018 94.36 four stars
2015-09 02/01/2017 91.65 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 93.69 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/22/2015 85.01 three stars
2013-09 05/01/2015 90.76 four stars
2012-09 03/01/2014 86.00 three stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 88.47 three stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 84.17 three stars
2009-09 10/01/2011 90.75 four stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 88.97 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 12/01/2010 85.92 three stars
2008-09 04/01/2010 85.41 three stars
2007-09 04/01/2009 84.82 three stars
2006-09 12/15/2007 85.93 three stars
2005-09 12/01/2006 93.01 four stars
2004-09 01/01/2006 90.37 four stars
2003-09 01/05/2005 83.89 three stars
2002-09 01/01/2004 87.62 three stars
2001-09 06/09/2003 95.42 four 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 43-0821958
Name in IRS Master File OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS
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 (59) Other school related 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 September, 1966
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, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$218,392 2.13% Timothy O'Leary General Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (MO) 94.36 four stars
MasterVoices (NY) 86.08 three stars
Michigan Opera Theatre (MI) 86.16 three stars
Opera San José (CA) 92.72 four stars
Lyric Opera of Chicago (IL) 89.15 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
210 Hazel Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
tel: (314) 961-0171
EIN: 43-0821958

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Board Leadership

Noémi Neidorff
Chairman

CEO

Timothy O'Leary
General Director

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