Opera Orlando
P.O. Box 547937
Orlando FL 32854-7937
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 547937
Orlando, FL 32854 7937
Phone (407) 718-4365
Web and Social Media
Donate with a credit card http://operaorlando.org
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Mission
Mission

Mission 

Opera Orlando’s mission is to present high-caliber, innovative productions and events while building an audience throughout Central Florida with arts appreciation programs.
 
Vision 
Opera Orlando aspires to become a standard bearer for the art of opera in the state of Florida with a national reputation for excellence. By creatively fusing various genres and mediums in our events and productions we will engender a supportive, arts-conscious community. Above all, we seek to produce entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical works of the highest artistic quality.


Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr Gabriel Preisser
Board Chair Mr. John Wettach
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney at Law - Harris, Harris, Bauerle, Ziegler, Lopez
History
IRS Ruling Year 2010
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $192,100.00
Projected Expenses $150,520.40
Statements
Mission

Mission 

Opera Orlando’s mission is to present high-caliber, innovative productions and events while building an audience throughout Central Florida with arts appreciation programs.
 
Vision 
Opera Orlando aspires to become a standard bearer for the art of opera in the state of Florida with a national reputation for excellence. By creatively fusing various genres and mediums in our events and productions we will engender a supportive, arts-conscious community. Above all, we seek to produce entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical works of the highest artistic quality.


Impact

Accomplishments for 15/16 

1) We began with "Opera in the Park", a tradition featuring three rising stars at the University Club of Winter Park. We presented two productions at the Jim & Alexis Pugh Theatre at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, each having 3 performances. The first, Terrance McNally’s, Master class, the second a double bill of Mozart's  The Impresario and  Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias  

2) Our youth program presented two performances, which were free and open to the public. We expanded this program for children of Central Florida ages 8-18 and established "Build an Opera" program for minority and underprivileged middle school students. We partnered with Orlando Philharmonic providing the Children’s and Adult Chorus for The Magic Flute.

3) We rebranded as Opera Orlando and completed a SWOT analysis examining our organizations strengths/weaknesses. As a result, we hired Artistic & General Directors and Marketing Expert to create infrastructure.
 
4) We furthered our Summer Opera Institute for young singers, in conjunction with UCF faculty and directors of Opera Orlando.
 
Goals for 16/17

1) Focus on community presence by establishing an arts collective and continue to present outstanding operatic programming that excites inspires audiences.

2) Provide a year round presence by increasing number of productions and establishing a new division; Light Opera Orlando. 3) Expand our youth program to a department of education and create a program called Opening Minds Through the Arts.This will include becoming a partner of education and having significant involvement in public schools with outreach initiatives.
 
4) Focus on the areas of fundraising with innovative campaigning, obtaining new sponsorships and applying for grant funding. 
 
5) Create an internship program with students from UCF/Rollins in the areas of Marketing, Finance, Education and Development.

 

Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs
  1. To invest in the infrastructure of Opera Orlando, meaning both an investment in staffing and in technology and resolve to our facility challenges, as we need to find office space and rehearsal space. It would cost around $100,000 to set up a small office and rehearsal space and have a part-time office worker for one year.
  2.  To raise funds for our events/operas. An increase of $25,000 would cover the cost of larger facilities and additional expenses of performing in the Performing Arts Center. 
  3. To initiate an Opera Orlando endowment. We will a minimum of $10,000 to start an endowment. This would benefit our organization in a multitude of ways.
  4. We need to a secure venue for performing chamber opera/operetta and classical musical theater. The Steinmetz theatre will solve a multitude of problems on a grand scale when it is built. However, our organization needs a small theater, with an orchestra pit, rehearsal space for the opera and our youth, and office space. Currently, we are unable to find a theater with items essential for our productions. There is no provision for supertitles, acoustics are not conducive to music performed and there is no functional orchestra pit for a chamber ensemble. The cost of this is significant and difficult to determine.
Background

Opera Orlando began in the 2009 to keep opera thriving in Central Florida. Previously, known as Florida Opera Theatre the organization was founded to keep opera alive by producing opera, providing employment opportunities for performers and singers, training young singers and introducing younger generations to the art form to cultivate a new audience.

Performing at the Jim & Alexis Pugh Theatre at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, The fabulous White House of the Timuca Arts Foundation, The Venue Orlando and The Orlando Repertory Theatre. Opera Orlando has grown significantly and currently provides dynamic operatic performances, superb concerts, a vibrant youth education program and community outreach initiatives.

Volunteers and civic leaders joined forces to continue opera in Orlando by creating Florida Opera Theatre. In 2016, Florida Opera theatre was renamed Opera Orlando. It is a membership organization that is currently managed by Executive and Artistic Director Gabriel Preisser, General Director Vincent Connor, the Board of Directors and run by volunteers.

Opera Orlando has been an integral part of a growing and thriving city. It has helped foster young international talent as well as local talent. Opera Orlando is proud to celebrate 7 years of opera in Orlando. It has become a strong company that will thrive for years to come.

CEO Statement

It is a new era for Opera Orlando. In the first 5 years of our existence, we quickly established ourselves as one of Central Florida’s premier arts companies. Naturally, there have been obstacles along the way, but nevertheless we have been able to thrive and grow. We are proud of the leading role we play in our community, and grateful to all the support we have received so far.

This year has been iconic in many ways. Opera Orlando has expanded its mission to make opera a focal point in our community. We are generating more productions year round that are geared towards accessibility, community outreach, and above all cultivating a new energy to inspire audiences.

We will be conducting a research campaign to learn how we can better serve our audience and have a bigger impact throughout our community. We will be offering affordable ticket prices to enthuse parents, grandparents, and other relatives to introduce their young family members to opera’s thrilling combination of music and theater. We will focus on innovative approaches to fundraising, creating deep seeded partnerships in the community and concentrating on obtaining sponsorships.

Board Chair Statement

    In January of 2016, Florida Opera Theatre changed its name and expanded its mission and vision.  The company has become Opera Orlando and has committed itself to producing two fully staged operas with orchestra each season. These productions will take place in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to these two main stage productions, Opera Orlando will present opera performances in a variety of venues all over the central Florida community. These performances will include concerts, fully staged light opera or operetta productions and informational/entertainment programs relating to the composers and the music that we are presenting.

 
    An important part of Opera Orlando's expansion is the addition of two full-time staff members. Opera Orlando has retained Gabriel Preisser as its Executive & Artistic Director and Vincent Connor as its General Director. Gabe and Vince are both Central Florida natives with experience as performers and production staff at opera companies throughout the country. Gabe and Vince bring great energy and ideas to their new posts at Opera Orlando. Both are committed to working hard to see that opera continues to grow and thrive as an art form in their hometown.
 
     In addition to presenting our own productions, Opera Orlando will continue to partner with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra to audition, prepare and provide choruses, both adult and children's chorus for the OPO's productions. Most recently, Opera Orlando provided an adult and children's chorus for the OPO's production of Tosca presented at the Bob Carr Theater in spring of 2015. Opera Orlando will provide the chorus for OPO's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute presented in April of 2016. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Florida Opera Theatre is taking a huge step this year by putting opera back in Orlando.  We are changing our name to Opera Orlando and stepping up to the challenge of being the standard bearers for opera in the greater Orlando area.  We now have a "resident" venue at the new Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and remain as the only organization to produce opera in this gorgeous facility.  Our new tagline "Where the City goes for Opera" reflects our new commitment to the art form , to think even further outside the box and make opera entertaining, fun, and moving for all ages.  To do so, we have recruited and installed new leadership and full time staff positions including an Executive/Artistic Director, a General Director, and a marketing consultant.  We are expanding our season year round, adding even more community events, and exploring new potential partnerships.  
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Primary Organization SubType Opera
Secondary Organization Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Organiztion SubType Arts Education
Tertiary Organization Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Organization SubType Singing & Choral Groups
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Orange
FL - Osceola
FL - Seminole
FL - Lake
FL - Volusia
FL - Polk
FL - Brevard
FL - Sumter
Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The magic of opera has touched audiences for centuries with its perfect blend of music, voices, costumes, and sets.  It brings to life the concept of storytelling in a way that touches the soul.  Our goal is to keep the art form of opera alive in Central Florida by providing a mix of education and performance through a balance of new and traditional works.

In due course we will . . .

Be recognized by the Central Florida community for quality opera

Have strong relationships and partnerships with local colleges' opera and music departments

Develop a well-known Resident Artist Program

Conduct programming year-round including a compelling summer series

Be led by a diverse Board of Directors that includes members of the art, business, and educational communities

Have a home where our small but outstanding staff are based, where we can rehearse, and where we will perform

Annually operate with a balanced budget that includes a growing endowment
Strategies
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? The Board of Directors participated in a Strategic Planning Retreat, where specific areas were targeted, owners identified, and steps are being taken now to address these areas with reports being given regularly on the progress.
Capabilities
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Reasons to believe . . .

Opera in Central Florida once had a large fan base and actually sold out programs.  There is a small, but dedicated audience looking for cosmopolitan endeavors to enhance their quality of life in Central Florida.  The availability of young talent and the existence of strong music programs are sources of artists, audiences and funding.  The dedicated and active Board of Directors are solidly committed to growing our organization and working to accomplish our goals.  Finally there is a commitment from a variety of community leaders to ensure that the Arts are a viable and vibrant component of Central Florida.
Indicators
HelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? Growth in audience size at both our concerts and operas, increase in numbers of children served, and continued growth in monetary and volunteer support from the community are all indicators we look at to determine if we are making progress.
Programs
Description
Continuing with our two opera season model, Florida Opera Theatre is setting a tradition of presenting both well known operas by renowned composers and librettists, presented in traditional fashion and appealing to a wide audience and lesser known works suitable to smaller venues and engaging the interests of those looking to expand their opera experiences. 
Our 2015-16 season opens in November with Terrence McNally's "Master Class" - the tony-award winning play presented at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts .  In April, we present a unique double bill of Mozart's "Impresario" and Poulenc's "Les Mamelles de Tiresias" also at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts.
Population Served
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Short-term success for the Opera Season can be seen in our continued run of excellent ticket sales.  The public clearly enjoys and supports what we are producing.  The first two productions of "The Old Maid and the Thief" were sell outs.  We have received positive reviews in the media.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Through our professional, artistic and smaller productions, existing opera audiences will have an outlet to appreciate the art form and new audiences will be introduced to it.  Our more intimate venues allow the audience members to feel as if they are a part of the performance.  Experiencing a live production is life changing and can lead to larger audiences and donors in the future.  By casting young local singers we are providing them with performance opportunities and experience that they can use as stepping stones in their careers.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Program success is monitored by ticket sales, reviews and audience survey responses.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
The theater critic for the Orlando Sentinel, Matt Palm, had this to say about  last season's production of "Old Maid and the Thief":
"In his works, composer Gian Carlo Menotti demonstrates an understanding of different types of comedy.  So does Florida Opera Theatre, which has a knack with comic shadings."  "These subtleties of tone are a credit to director in residence Eric Pinder.  Without grand sets or overly fussy costumes, Pinder creates an inviting little world..."
 
 
Description

Youth Opera

The Opera Orlando Youth Programs are all-inclusive singer/actor training programs that focus on developing the individual singer. The programs cater to young singers (ages 7-18)who are interested in Classical Music, Opera, Music Theater. The program prepares the singer with a well-rounded theatrical and musical training. This program is an after school program during the school year. 

We are partnering with University of Central Florida to offer a 2 week Summer Camp program for High School and College age students focused on the individual singer. 
We were very pleased with our initial  Disney grant funded "Build an Opera" after-school program for low income middle school students, which introduced them to opera and allowed them to work together to create their own opera. While we were not fortunate enough to get a second grant for this program, we continue to assess how we can continue to offer it, as there is a definite desire and need for it. We are partnering with English Estate Elementary school and the 21st Century Title 1 program to assist in creating a musical production where children from grades K-5 bring a musical production to life through singing.
 
The Children's Chorus will be an integral part or the Opera Season's Spring production playing the role of the Babies in Poulenc's "Les Mamelles de Tiresias." 
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Our short-term goals include providing the students several performance opportunities during the year to showcase their new skills and honed talents.  We also provide partial scholarships to deserving students, allowing them to learn and experience an art form they might never otherwise know.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

We are aware that young people who consistently participate in comprehensive, sequential, and rigorous arts programs are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

The children in our program will grow not only in their singing and acting ablities but also in their self confidence.  As the children continue within the program, the list of their participation in various acting and performance opportunities both within our program and other venues will grow. 80% of those graduating out of our program go on to study vocal performance at well respected colleges, universities or conservatories.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The success for the Youth Opera Program can be seen by
the number of children returning to participate from year to year.  The response has been very positive and all three groups are well attended. 
We are monitoring attendance as well as individual success using surveys -polling the students as to their strengths and weaknesses at the beginning of the term and comparing them to the answers at the end of the term. 
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
The Youth Chorus' success can be seen in that the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has booked the Children's chorus again for this year's Home for the Holidays Concert.  The entire Youth Chorus has been asked to perform again at the Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art. 
Four of our recent graduates are currently attending well known universities and pursuing studies in vocal performance.
Description The Florida Opera Theatre Chorus is composed of 40 plus professional, semi-professional and student singers along with a number of talented local residents who indulge their passion for music and opera as an avocation.  The chorus will perform in the Orlando Philharmonic’s production of "Magic Flute."  They will be led by guest Chorus Master Lisa Hasson of the Kentucky Opera.
Population Served
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
We plan to feature our chorus in a choral concert in the near future, providing many singers with singing opportunites and monetary compensation.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
A big part of our mission is to provide performance opportunities for the talented singers of Central Florida.  Maintaining an opera chorus is one way to do this.  Robin Stamper, our Chorus Master, is able is put together a chorus in short order due in part to the wonderful talent pool in the area.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Our Opera Chorus success is monitored by the number of singers wanting auditions and press reviews. 
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Reviews from previous performances: 
In a statement announcing La Boheme, Matt Palm in the Orlando Sentinel, reports David Schillhammer, executive director of the Orlando hilharmonic, "lauding Florida Opera Theatre."  Mr. Schillhammer said,"This organization, comprised of hard working, dedicated and generous supporters of opera.
 
Matt Palm, critic with the Orlando Sentinel, had this to say about the Mahler Symphony #3: "The women's and children's choruses from Florida Opera Theatre and women from the University of Central Florida Chorus added fine musical shadings to the fifth movement, "What the Angels Tell Me"." 
 
And about The Barber of Seville: "A final but by no means insignificant peice to the opera series' steady progress is the growing strength of the chorus, directed by Robin Stamper.  On opening night, the all-male chorus for "Barber" sounded especially rich on their entrance number."
Description
Our Opera Concert Program will showcase performances both by individuals and groups.  This fall, Opera in the Park, will host a three-concert series featuring young professional talent and providing an opportunity for them to sing some of the music they love the most.  We will also continue to present a Valentine's concert in Windermere which  always sells out, this year with a trio of singers fro across the state.  In March, we will present our first annual Opera Gala at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando with a special concert group based out of NYC.
Population Served
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The Opera in the Park series continues to be a reliable success for Florida Opera Theatre.  We have found a perfect venue at the University Club of Winter Park and continue to have capacity crowds. 
All of the young artists in this season have sung with Florida Opera Theatre in the past in our Opera Season productions, we are happy to provide these young singers with more opportunities to perform which is one of the key tenets of our organizations.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The long term success of the Concert Series is to provide the area with the chance to hear several "up and coming" artists in an intimate setting and allowing the singers a chance to perform their favorite music rather than the standard tunes.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The ablity to attract sponsors for this program is one indicator that it is successful as well as ticket sales.
Comments
CEO Comments (To be submitted)
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John Wettach
Company Affiliation Attorney at Law - Harris, Harris, Bauerle, Ziegler, Lopez
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Ms. Marilyn Abrahamson RetiredVoting
Mr. Frank Paul Barber Voting
Mr. Michael Barber Voting
Ms. Giorgia Cifani Giotto Studios
Ms. Patricia Engelhardt Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Ann Fox Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Bea Hancock Delta AirlinesVoting
Ms. Judy Lee Community VolunteerExofficio
Mr. Chevalier Lovett Voting
Ms. Carol Meijer Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Kathy Miller Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Julia Rudez Community VolunteerVotingNo
Ms. Judith Thompson RetiredVoting
Ms. Nancy Wagers Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Raleigh Webber Voting
Ms. Raleigh Webber Voting
Mr. John Wettach AttorneyVoting
Ms. Rita Wilkes Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Gayle Wirtz Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Armand Zilioli M.D.Practice of MedicineVoting
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu, the Central Florida Partnership www.centralfloridapartnership.org, and the Central Florida Foundation www.cffound.org.
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 93%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Standing Committees
Committee Name
Finance
Marketing
Membership
Production
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Nominating
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Comments
CEO Comments Board term limits are unlimited.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr Gabriel Preisser
Term Start Jan 2016
Email gpreisser@operaorlando.org
Experience

Gabriel Preisser is known throughout the US for his dynamic portrayals of leading men in both opera and music theater including Danilo in The Merry Widow, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Harold Hill in The Music Man, and Billy Bigelow in Carousel.  He is best known for creating the role of Lt. Gordon in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night at Minnesota Opera with subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia and Cincinnati Opera and subsequent national broadcasts on PBS. The New York Times called his performance as Lt. Gordon with Opera Philadelphia “wonderful” and Opera News has praised him for his “handsome voice, charismatic energy, and timbral allure.” He has also been praised for having a “matinee idol’s charm and charisma,” “a beautiful, luscious baritone,” and “a compelling, commanding stage presence.”

On the concert stage he has garnered a reputation for his dynamic interpretations of Orff’s Carmina Burana and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with such organizations as the Canterbury Chorale, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Jacksonville Symphony, and others.  In addition, he is a frequent recitalist throughout the US and a proponent of American composers such as Charles Ives, Carlisle Floyd, Aaron Copland, John Duke, and others.

Outside of his performing career, Mr. Preisser is co-founder and CEO of Angels & Demons Entertainment, an opera/music theater production company focusing on semi-staged and site-specific opera and music theater presentations.  More info at www.angelsanddemons.org

He was a district winner in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition and won the American finals of the International Lirico Concorso Competition in 2011. Mr. Preisser was a resident artist at Minnesota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Pensacola Opera, and an apprentice artist at Des Moines Metro Opera.  He graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a double major in Vocal Performance and Commercial Music and completed a Masters degree in Voice at the University of Houston.

Born and raised in Apopka, FL just outside of Orlando, Mr. Preisser has many ties to the Central Florida area.  He served as a board member for Florida Opera Theatre for two seasons and has served as artistic advisor to numerous arts organizations in the area.  He currently lives in Winter Garden, FL with his wife and son.

More info at www.gabrielpreisser.com


CEO Salary Range N/A
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 65
Number of Contract Staff 45
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Senior Staff
Title Director of Youth Opera Programs
Experience/Biography
Ms. Robin Jensen has a MM in Piano Performance from Drake University with additional opera and piano collaboration studies from The San Francisco Conservatory Of Music.  Ms. Jensen is currently Artistic Director for the UCF Opera Program.  She has been a Music Director for Mad Cow Theatre since 2004 and is in her 10th season as Artistic Director for Camp Madhatter, a summer intensive music therater camp in Minnesota.
Ms. Jensen was the Children's Chorus Master for the Philharmonic concert productions of "Carmen" and "La Boheme."  She has been a vocal coach for the Philharmonic's musical productions including "Music Man," "Sweeney Todd," "My Fair Lady," "Guys and Dolls" and will assist in preparing singers for the Philharmonics upcoming production of "Carousel."
She has also worked for the former Orlando Opera Company, Minnesota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and has been on the teaching staff of the University of Vermont, Cornell University, Ithaca College and Rollins College. 
Title Director in Residence
Experience/Biography
Mr. Pinder received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Michigan State University and an M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from University of Florida. 
Having been a professional performer for twenty years, he has either performed in, drected, or written something for the Orlando Fringe Festival for 16 of its 21 years.  He has written and performed in Florida Opera Theatre's two performances at the Red Chair Affair, and has written a number of shows and short plays.
His opera credits include appearing as a Supernumerary in two Orlando Opera productions (Cosi Fan Tutte and Salome).  He played Ambrogio the gardener in ""Barber of Seville" during Florida Opera Theatre's inaugural season.  These hours on an opera set gave the already established theater director an opportunity to absorb the peculiarities of opera directing.  He was assisant director for two staged operas with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (Carmen and Rigoletto).
"Opera as an art form has been changing and developing with musical styles for centuries, but what hasn't changed is its ability to affect our emotions."
Title General Director
Experience/Biography
Plans
Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 6
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Other
Collaborations Walt Disney World awarded Disney Grant for "Build An Opera", program for middle school students to learn about and write their own opera.
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra provides musicians for our productions and we provide children and adult choruses for theirs.
SAK Comedy Lab assisted with performance space for "Build An Opera".
Timucua white house offered performance space and recording expertise for Youth Training Program.
Central Christian Church provides space for Board mtgs.
University of Central Florida partnered with us to host Summer Opera Institute.
"Negro Spiritual" Scholarship Foundation
Orlando Repertory Theater Inc.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater Inc.
Stetson University
Community Communications, Inc. (WMFE)
City of Winter Garden
City of Orlando
City of Winter Park
Bishop Moore Catholic High School
The Art and History Museums - Maitland
Trinity Preparatory School
St. John's Lutheran Church
First United Methodist Church of Orlando
CEO Comments Opera Orlando is a professional member of OPERA America, the national service organization for opera.
State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Apr
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2015
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2015990
2014990
2013990 signed
2012990
2011990
2010990
Audit Documents
YearDocument
2015Audit
2014Audit
2013Audit
2012Budget
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$134,452$110,975$109,875
Administration Expense$8,169$7,703$4,445
Fundraising Expense$1,048$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.191.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%94%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$118,361$70,212$47,245
Current Assets$83,896$70,212$47,245
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$118,361$70,212$47,245
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $84,694Earned Revenue $118,992Earned Revenue $118,212
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $65,812Individuals, Foundations, Corporations $22,640Individuals, Foundations, Corporations $31,728
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $5,000 -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from IRS form 990s.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
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