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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

91.73

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

Board Leadership
Noémi Neidorff
Chairman

CEO
Andrew Jorgensen
General Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.73 four stars
  Financial 91.47 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

four stars

91.47

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
81.3%
  Administrative Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.92
  Program Expenses Growth 2.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.5%
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) 91.73 four stars
Opera Lafayette (DC) 87.00 three stars
Opera Omaha (NE) 96.31 four stars
San Francisco Opera (CA) 87.10 three stars
Arizona Opera (AZ) 89.24 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,888,746
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,134,570
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $567,923
Total Contributions $6,591,239
   Program Service Revenue $1,630,422
Total Primary Revenue $8,221,661
   Other Revenue $1,752,792
TOTAL REVENUE $9,974,453
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,016,226
   Administrative Expenses $991,770
   Fundraising Expenses $970,287
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,978,283
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,003,830
   
Net Assets $43,432,914

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 $8,546,447 94.8%
Education and Community Engagement Programs $469,779 5.2%

Ratings History
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 02/01/2021 91.73 four stars
2018-09 02/01/2020 92.35 four stars
2017-09 12/21/2018 93.44 four stars
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

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, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$97,308 0.88% Andrew Jorgensen General Director
Other Salaries of Note
$151,894 1.38% Nicole Ambos Freber Director Of Development
$140,850 1.28% James Robinson Artistic Director
$136,744 1.24% Mary Ip Director Of Finance
$130,319 1.18% Steve Ryan Director Of Production and Operation
$127,515 1.16% Paul Kilmer Director Of Artistic Administration
$126,804 1.15% Stephen Lord Music Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (MO) 91.73 four stars
Minnesota Opera (MN) 88.14 three stars
Toledo Opera (OH) 89.80 three stars
Michigan Opera Theatre (MI) 86.65 three stars
Boston Lyric Opera (MA) 89.26 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

Andrew Jorgensen
General Director

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