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Boston Lyric Opera

It's your BLO. You make opera happen.

three stars

89.26

133 Federal Street Suite 800
Boston, MA 02110
tel: (617) 542-4912   Web Site
EIN: 04-2469627

Board Leadership
Michael J. Puzo
Board Chair

CEO
Esther Nelson
General & Artistic Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.26 three stars
  Financial 86.53 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Boston Lyric Opera is to build curiosity, enthusiasm, and support for opera, by creating musically and theatrically compelling productions, events, and educational resources, for our community and beyond. We produce opera in all forms, large to small, popular to less known, from early music to newly commissioned works.

Boston Lyric Opera is New England's largest opera company. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and feature emerging operatic talent. BLO produces four mainstage productions each season: three at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre in Boston and an Opera Annex production in an alternative space outside the traditional opera theatre. BLO's programs are funded, in part, by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The mission of Boston Lyric Opera is to build curiosity, enthusiasm, and support for opera, by creating musically and theatrically compelling productions, events, and educational resources, for our community and beyond. We produce opera in all forms, large to small, popular to less known, from early music to newly commissioned works.

Boston Lyric Opera is New England's largest opera company. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and feature emerging operatic talent. BLO produces four mainstage productions each season: three at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre in Boston and an Opera Annex production in an alternative space outside the traditional opera theatre. BLO's programs are funded, in part, by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Financial

three stars

86.53

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
79.8%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.62
  Program Expenses Growth 2.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Boston Lyric Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Boston Lyric Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Boston Lyric Opera (MA) 89.26 three stars
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (MO) 92.35 four stars
Michigan Opera Theatre (MI) 85.15 three stars
Arizona Opera (AZ) 89.57 three stars
Hawaii Opera Theatre (HI) 87.27 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,938,281
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $263,765
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $55,600
Total Contributions $7,257,646
   Program Service Revenue $1,189,351
Total Primary Revenue $8,446,997
   Other Revenue $294,473
TOTAL REVENUE $8,741,470
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,867,766
   Administrative Expenses $904,937
   Fundraising Expenses $924,055
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,696,758
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $44,712
   
Net Assets $20,332,257

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 Productions $6,549,060 95.4%
Educational & Community Programs $318,706 4.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 03/01/2020 89.26 three stars
2018-06 05/01/2019 88.03 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 89.74 three stars
2016-06 05/01/2017 90.78 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 94.69 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 06/01/2015 93.19 four stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 88.71 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 94.64 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 95.07 four stars
2011-06 04/01/2012 94.31 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 89.21 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 86.16 three stars
2009-06 11/24/2010 82.80 three stars
2008-06 07/01/2009 59.96 one star
2007-06 04/01/2008 73.31 two stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 64.54 one star
2005-06 03/01/2006 67.50 one star
2004-06 03/01/2005 55.52 one star
2003-06 04/01/2004 70.48 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 04-2469627
Name in IRS Master File BOSTON LYRIC OPERA COMPANY
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 that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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, 1970
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, 2019
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$236,186 2.71% Esther Nelson General & Artistic Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Boston Lyric Opera (MA) 89.26 three stars
Opera Omaha (NE) 97.02 four stars
Arizona Opera (AZ) 89.57 three stars
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre (UT) 86.05 three stars
Glimmerglass Festival (NY) 86.21 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Boston Lyric Opera
133 Federal Street
Suite 800
Boston, MA 02110
tel: (617) 542-4912
fax: (617) 542-4913
EIN: 04-2469627

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 847897
Boston, MA 02284

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Board Leadership

Michael J. Puzo
Board Chair

CEO

Esther Nelson
General & Artistic Director

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