DALLAS OPERA

aka The Dallas Opera   |   Dallas, TX   |  www.dallasopera.org

Mission

The Dallas Opera is an internationally recognized innovator and arts leader dedicated to the overall advancement of the operatic art form, its artists, and its audiences.

Ruling year info

1957

General Director and CEO

Mr. Ian Derrer

Chief Advancement and Strategy Officer

Ms. Lisa Bury

Main address

2403 Flora Street Suite 500

Dallas, TX 75201 USA

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EIN

75-6004746

NTEE code info

Opera (A6A)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Dallas Opera (TDO) diligently works to break down perceived barriers that surround the art form of opera. In our modern world, there a exists a number of stereotypes about opera that can lead people to believe that opera is not for them—that it’s old fashioned, inaccessible, or of no interest to younger generations. Our duty as a top tier opera company is to create a space for opera that is inclusive, educational, transformational, and representative of the diverse communities we serve.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mainstage Productions

The Dallas Opera celebrates its 10th Anniversary in the majestic Winspear Opera House with an inspiring 2019-2020 mainstage season.

Mozart's The Magic Flute
Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel
Verdi's Don Carlo
Stravinsky's Pulcinella/Poulenc's La Voix Humaine
Rossini's The Barber of Seville

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Mainstage Productions

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of performances of the mainstage season.

Total number of free performances given

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Opera is a startingly powerful vehicle for telling stories, and it is our responsibility to ensure that the beauty and wonder of opera is accessible to all. We aim to serve and grow our audience and base of support through high-caliber artistic works that transcend historical, linguistic, and cultural barriers. We strive to dismantle needless stereotypes in order to introduce opera to new audiences and the next generation.

In addition to the magnificent mainstage productions, TDO provides myriad opportunities “beyond the stage” that create access points to the art form that meet potential audience members where they are. From performances in the community to live simulcasts in large public spaces to the company’s comprehensive youth education programs, TDO offers accessible opera experiences in casual and unexpected settings. These opportunities enable TDO to engage potential patrons and supporters in a way that is fun and comfortable for them. In this way, we can break down stereotypes that opera is not for everyone.

The Dallas Opera’s executive and administrative staff, artists, and supporters bring endless passion, expertise, and financial sustainability to the mission of making opera accessible to current and future audience members. In an increasingly technology-driven world, digital marketing, fundraising, and content become essential capabilities. In addition to offering the highest-quality productions and singers, TDO is likewise committed to staying on the cutting edge of digital opportunities to engage audiences and donors. The company also invests significant resources in its youth education programs, which reach more than 24,000 students and teachers each year and make great strides in introducing future generations to the art form.

The Dallas Opera continues to provide the community with exceptional programming in and beyond the Winspear Opera House. By offering a balance of traditional, reimagined, and world premiere works, TDO maintains a stellar national and international reputation for artistic excellence. TDO also continues to innovate with ground-breaking initiatives such as the Hart Institute for Women Conductors. Having just celebrated its fifth annual residency, the program has become the gold standard for the advancement of women conductors around the world. TDO’s education programs continue to gain traction as the company works with partner organizations such as Dallas Afterschool and Big Thought to reach more underserved communities.

The next evolution of The Dallas Opera includes an increase in high-quality digital content and a focus on serving the local community. In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, TDO is committed to engaging supporters and new audiences, especially those who are home-bound, with content and performances guaranteed to entertain and encourage through these trying times. TDO looks forward to the 2020/2021 season, which includes the highly-anticipated world premiere of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Based on the novel by Jean-Dominique Bauby, this work explores the inner musings of Bauby, who was struck down with “locked-in syndrome” following a massive stroke. Bauby learned he could communicate by blinking his left eye, and proceeded to transcribe this witty, tragic, and uplifting story through those blinks. This work reminds us to have courage, resilience, and humor through even the most bleak of times. Also featured in the 2020/2021 season: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Wagner’s Lohengrin, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Puccini’s timeless Tosca.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DALLAS OPERA

Board of directors
as of 4/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mark LaRoe

Bank of America

Term: 2018 - 2020