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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Arizona Opera

We tell stories worth singing

three stars

89.57

1636 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004
tel: (602) 266-7464   Web Site
EIN: 23-7169261

Board Leadership
Sharon Landis
Chair

CEO
Joseph Specter
General Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.57 three stars
  Financial 90.19 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs throughout the state of Arizona each season. We are among only a handful of companies in the United States that regularly performs in more than one city. Arizona Opera elevates the transformative power of storytelling through music-- cultivating community and strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home.

Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs throughout the state of Arizona each season. We are among only a handful of companies in the United States that regularly performs in more than one city. Arizona Opera elevates the transformative power of storytelling through music-- cultivating community and strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home.

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Financial

four stars

90.19

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
77.0%
  Administrative Expenses 15.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.69
  Program Expenses Growth 7.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Arizona Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Arizona Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Arizona Opera (AZ) 89.57 three stars
Glimmerglass Festival (NY) 86.21 three stars
Toledo Opera (OH) 96.20 four stars
The Dallas Opera (TX) 88.13 three stars
Cincinnati Opera (OH) 91.06 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,466,759
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $174,725
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $75,400
Total Contributions $7,716,884
   Program Service Revenue $2,005,605
Total Primary Revenue $9,722,489
   Other Revenue $-95,644
TOTAL REVENUE $9,626,845
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,614,681
   Administrative Expenses $1,156,265
   Fundraising Expenses $544,780
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,315,726
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,311,119
   
Net Assets $5,001,210

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 Performances $5,614,681 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 89.57 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 85.69 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 82.50 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 78.59 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 72.04 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 75.72 two stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 74.25 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 23-7169261
Name in IRS Master File ARIZONA OPERA COMPANY
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 (90) Cultural performances
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 May, 1972
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
$207,812 2.84% Joseph Specter President and General Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Arizona Opera (AZ) 89.57 three stars
San Francisco Opera (CA) 87.46 three stars
Opera San José (CA) 92.22 four stars
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre (UT) 86.05 three stars
Lyric Opera of Kansas City (MO) 94.24 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Arizona Opera
1636 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
tel: (602) 266-7464
fax: (602) 266-5806
EIN: 23-7169261

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Board Leadership

Sharon Landis
Chair

CEO

Joseph Specter
General Director

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