Opera Orlando
P.O. Box 533974
Orlando FL 32853-3974
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 533974
Orlando, FL 32853 3974
Phone (407) 512 1900
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Donate with a credit card http://operaorlando.org
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Mission
Mission

Mission 

Opera Orlando’s mission is to produce high-quality operatic entertainment and education to engage central Florida audiences.
 
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 T Wettach Jr
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney at Law - Harris, Harris, Bauerle, Ziegler, Lopez
History
IRS Ruling Year 2010
Former Names
NameYear
Florida Opera Theatre2009
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
 
 
Projected Revenue $602,600.00
Projected Expenses $602,600.00
Statements
Mission

Mission 

Opera Orlando’s mission is to produce high-quality operatic entertainment and education to engage central Florida audiences.
 
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 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 organization's strengths/weaknesses. As a result, we hired Artistic & General Directors and Marketing Expert to create infrastructure.

 

4) Summer Opera Institute for young singers, in conjunction with UCF faculty and directors of Opera Orlando.

 

Accomplishments 16/17

1) Focus on community presence establishing an arts collective,  continue to present outstanding operatic programming.

2) Provide a year round presence by increasing number of productions

 

3) Expand our youth program to a department of education

 

4) Focus on the areas of fundraising with innovative campaigning, new sponsorships and grant funding. 

 

5) Create an internship program with students in the areas of Marketing, Finance, Education and Development. Opera Orlando has interns from Stetson, USC, and Georgia State in 16/17.

 Goals for 17/18

1)  Produce 3 main-stage productions at the Dr Phillips Center
 

2) Launch a new branch of our membership targeting young professionals called “Forte Society.” 

 

3) Hire a Development Director to lead and manage all fundraising efforts for Opera Orlando.

 

4) Begin in-school education programs for Orange and Osceola County Schools focusing primarily on high school youth. 

 

 
Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs
  1. Opera Orlando has needs for unrestricted funds for adding tools and increasing operational efficacy.  To invest in the infrastructure of Opera Orlando, meaning both an investment in staffing and shop/rehearsal space, it would cost around $100,000. 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. To initiate an Opera Orlando endowment, wee will need a minimum of $10,000 to start an endowment. This would benefit our organization in a multitude of ways. 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

In January 2016, Opera Orlando raised its banner with the goal of becoming the standard bearer for the art form in central Florida. The region had been well-served for over a half of a century by the Orlando Opera and then, in 2009, by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Florida Opera Theatre. It was from the latter of the three that Opera Orlando was forged as leadership from the art form’s new generation, Executive & Artistic Director Gabriel Preisser and General Director Vincent Connor, spearheaded the project.

 

Opera Orlando’s Board of Directors and Membership, work began to raise the profile of the art form and generate a new level of excitement for the organization’s offerings. “A Boisterous Rebirth for Opera in Orlando” was declared matching the organization's first production: Mozart’s “Impresario” and Poulenc’s “Les Mamelles de Tirésias.”

 

A crucial part of a boisterous rebirth was a fundraising gala in March 2016 attracting 200 opera lovers, artistic leaders, movers and shakers galvanizing support.

                                                                                     

“Opera Orlando promised Central Florida a ‘boisterous rebirth’ for opera. With its first full-scale production… the company has delivered the goods.” So wrote the Orlando Sentinel’s Matthew Palm in response to April 2016 performances. He concluded “If this entertaining mix of music and merriment is a taste of what's to come from the troupe, opera fans have reason to rejoice.”

 

Then it was time to focus in on Opera Orlando’s “Inaugural Season.” The company’s “Summer Concert Series” was at near capacity for its three offerings and the two ensuing Dr. Phillips Center productions, Don Pasquale (November) and Amahl and the Night Visitors (December), were totally sold out while garnering critical acclaim and audience accolades.

 

As the company celebrated its first anniversary, the Orlando Philharmonic chose to step back from producing opera, believing that the art form was now in “capable hands.”

 

As Opera Orlando completes its inaugural season with innovative performances of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” the path is clearly lit. The ground is broken on phase two of the Dr. Phillips Center. In fall 2020, Steinmetz Hall will open its doors to seat over 1700 in a space ideally suited to present Grand Opera. With support of the community, Opera Orlando will bring artistic excellence to Orlando.

 

 

 





 

 
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.

2016 - 2017 has been iconic in many ways. Opera Orlando 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. Opera Orlando has established itself as a recognized and significant operatic company recognized on a national scale.

We plan to conduct a research campaign to learn how we may better serve our audience and have a bigger impact throughout our community. That data will be added to our impact statement once completed. 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. Our longer term future production schedule may include an entire series of performances that are unique, leading edge, innovative and designed to greatly expand the diversity of our audiences.

The inaugural season of Opera Orlando has been distinguished by critical and audiences acclaim and sold out houses. For a myriad of reasons, the 2017-2018 season will have an even greater impact in Central Florida.

In January 2017, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced that it would no longer produce operas, out of this decision has come a new partnership between the organizations that assure the artistic quality of all main-stage productions will be on a consistently high level. Also by adding the Orlando Ballet to productions that have dance episodes, we’re putting the best that Orlando has to offer together for our community.

We seek to collaborate dynamically throughout the region with future collaborative productions in other Florida cities, with performers, artists, music, and production talent that is highly acclaimed. In addition we are growing local relationships bring unique, cutting edge, innovative elements to our productions.

 

 

Board Chair Statement

The company has become Opera Orlando and has committed itself to producing two fully staged operas with orchestra each season. These productions have taken 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 has presented opera performances in a variety of venues all over the central Florida community. These performances 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 Gabriel Preisser as Executive & Artistic Director a Central Florida native with experience as a performer and production staff to opera companies throughout the country. Gabe brings great energy and ideas to Opera Orlando. Gabe is committed to working hard to see that opera continues to grow and thrive as an art form.
  

 

Our board of directors is diverse, active, and engaged with the community in outreach, fundraising, public relations, and marketing.

We founded our organization with the mission to inject new life and energy into the traditional operatic repertoire. We feel that in the 2017-18 season we’ll hit our stride as our production concepts challenge us at every turn. As the leading representative for the Board of Directors; We couldn’t be happier.

 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Opera Orlando, as a rapidly growing premier operatic performing arts organization in central Florida has unique and welcome challenges. Along with our many success and opportunities comes the challenges of ongoing operations; securing appropriate environments for administrative, storage, rehearsal, and performance space. Planning and identifying talented staff with just in time availability and dynamic skill for meeting the organizational requirements of high velocity growth. Producing world class, cutting edge, innovative materials that will continue to attract and captivate diverse audiences within the community, and from around the world.

Opera Orlando aspires to continue its legacy as a notable operatic company within its field, attracting performers and production talent with its own highly identifiable brand of unique, contemporary, and socially meaningful work.

Opera Orlando has always been an excellent and conscientious steward of financial support; earned and donated, continually in the black financially and prepared to strategically invest in accordance to the interests of our stakeholders and under the guidance of board of directors. 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.

In Opera Orlando's future plans we seek to take calculated risks that lead to our ultimate success; Orlando will be recognized for our operatic achievements globally. It is imperative that Opera Orlando continue to survey and hear from the community, seek, and gain support for our exciting collective future.

Opera Orlando is investing in development and fundraising initiatives with qualified and studied input from market research, leaders within the community and performing arts field, stake holders, collaborators and partners. We are excited about the future and while we still have much to do, we hope to accomplish our goals through strong community, corporate, and individual support. Our ongoing commitment to those who provide support is to responsibly steward all financial support, value and appreciate our mission, adhere to our values, and continue to enthusiastically honor our community’s unique spirit of cultural integrity.

 

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
Opera Orlando is resident to the central Florida community and serves the interests of all who live and visit the area. Productions are targeted to attract audiences from around the world.
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.

Since our inaugural year as Opera Orlando we have successfully been recognized by the Central Florida community and by a number of colleagues, peers, and patrons throughout the country, and even on occasion internationally for quality opera.

Opera Orlando has achieved strong relationships and partnerships with local colleges' opera and music departments.

Opera Orlando has developed an exciting Resident Artist Program.

The organization conducts programming year-round including a compelling summer series. The summer series has brought renowned artists to perform, expanding community outreach and audience interests in opera.

Opera Orlando is lead by a diverse and dedicated Board of Directors that includes members of the art, business, and educational communities. These volunteers have been the core providers of development, marketing and finance within the organization.

Opera Orlando’s small staff is now based in offices located downtown, very near to where we rehearse, and perform. Orlando is dedicated to its cultural arts growth, enhancing its vibrant community landscape and attracting tourists from around the world. Opera Orlando looks forward to performing in new larger facilities starting in 2020 as resident opera for the 1700 seat Stienmetz Hall addition of the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in downtown Orlando.

Opera Orlando annually operates with a balanced budget. Opera Orlando will begin development initiatives to increase fundraising required for innovative, ground breaking and leading edge performance goals that includes accelerating contributions from grants, major gifts, individual giving and endowment funding.

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.

Market research surveys and annual key stakeholder data are part of our near future planning. Initiating new qualitative post production surveys in 2017/18 Opera Orlando will annually identify and review qualitative data collected, compare this with strategic plans and provide advisory committees with outreach and targeted goals associated with fulfillment in accordance with demand. 

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 Orlando has identified a strong fan base and produced consistently sold out programs.  There is a 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 staff and active board of directors are solidly committed to continuing to growing the organization and working to accomplish strategic goals.  There is a commitment from a variety of community leaders to ensure that the Arts, and specifically Opera, are a viable and vibrant component of Central Florida.
 
Opera Orlando has always been an excellent and conscientious steward of financial support; earned and donated, continually in the black financially and prepared to strategically invest in accordance to the interests of our stakeholders and under the guidance of board of directors. 

Since our inaugural year as Opera Orlando we have successfully been recognized by the Central Florida community and by a number of colleagues, peers, and patrons throughout the country, and even on occasion internationally for quality opera.

Opera Orlando has achieved strong relationships and partnerships with local colleges' opera and music departments. We are continually reviewed by the partners for our programmatic integrity, artistic excellence, and future innovation.


 


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?

Quantitative indicators are determined by attendance data, media reach, and programmatic interest. Growth in audience size at both our concerts and operas, increase in numbers of children and youth 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.

Qualitatively Opera Orlando is conducting market survey and research to ensure communication is received that provides ranking and creative feedback from peers, community members, and stakeholders.

Progress
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

Opera Orlando, as a rapidly growing premier operatic performing arts organization in central Florida has unique and welcome challenges. Along with our many success and opportunities comes the challenges of ongoing operations; securing appropriate environments for administrative, storage, rehearsal, and performance space. Planning and identifying talented staff with just in time availability and dynamic skill for meeting the organizational requirements of high velocity growth. Producing world class, cutting edge, innovative materials that will continue to attract and captivate diverse audiences within the community, and from around the world.

Opera Orlando aspires to continue its legacy as a notable operatic company within its field, attracting performers and production talent with its own highly identifiable brand of unique, contemporary, and socially meaningful work.

Opera Orlando has always been an excellent and conscientious steward of financial support; earned and donated, continually in the black financially and prepared to strategically invest in accordance to the interests of our stakeholders and under the guidance of board of directors. 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.

In Opera Orlando's future plans we seek to take calculated risks that lead to our ultimate success; Orlando will be recognized for our operatic achievements globally. It is imperative that Opera Orlando continue to survey and hear from the community, seek, and gain support for our exciting collective future.

Opera Orlando is investing in development and fundraising initiatives with qualified and studied input from market research, leaders within the community and performing arts field, stake holders, collaborators and partners. We are excited about the future and while we still have much to do, we hope to accomplish our goals through strong community, corporate, and individual support. Our ongoing commitment to those who provide support is to responsibly steward all financial support, value and appreciate our mission, adhere to our values, and continue to enthusiastically honor our community’s unique spirit of cultural integrity.

 
Programs
Description
 

Opera Orlando has completed its inaugural season with innovative sold out performances of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” and the path is now clearly lit. The ground is broken on Phase Two of the Dr. Phillips Center. In fall 2020, Steinmetz Hall will open its doors to seat over 1700 in a space ideally suited to present Grand Opera. With the continuing support of the community, Opera Orlando is poised to bring enduring artistic greatness to Central Florida.

 

Love Lost and Found: Opera Orlando’s 2017-2018 season Performances in Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to include;

Opera on Park: the Opera Orlando Summer Concert Series

La Bohème,  Amahl and the Night Visitors and Cinderella.

 

Population Served General/Unspecified
Adults
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
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 with the first inaugural season consistently selling out.  We have received positive reviews in the media; local and national accolades awarded for our artistic excellence.  
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; “Opera Orlando promised Central Florida a ‘boisterous rebirth’ for opera. With its first full-scale production… the company has delivered the goods.” So wrote the Orlando Sentinel’s Matthew Palm in response to April 2016 performances of Mozart and Poulenc at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. He concluded “If this entertaining mix of music and merriment is a taste of what's to come from the troupe, opera fans have reason to rejoice.”

 

 
 
 
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 of the Opera Season's fall production of La Boheme and the winter production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.  The Youth Company is also partnering with the Holocaust Center and the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra for a unique production of Brundibar in November of 2016 at the Jewish Community Center in Dr. Phillips.
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 Opera Orlando Chorus is composed of 60 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.  This last season saw great partnerships with Casa de Mexico and the Orlando Phil with performances in Elixir of Love at the Plaza and with Andrea Bocelli at both the Amway Arena in Orlando and the American Airlines Arena in Miami.  The Opera chorus was also integral to all main stage productions for Opera Orlando last year and will be again in the 17/18 season.
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 on 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 May, we will present our third annual Opera Gala at a location TBD with singers from across the country.
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 on Park series continues to be a reliable success for Opera Orlando. We have found a perfect venue at the University Club of Winter Park and continue to have capacity crowds. 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" and established 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.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Attracting world renowned artists such as Metropolitan Soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer and Grammy Award winner Daniel Belcher.
Comments
CEO Comments

Opera Orlando, as a rapidly growing premier operatic performing arts organization in central Florida has unique and welcome challenges. Along with our many success and opportunities comes the challenges of ongoing operations; securing appropriate environments for administrative, storage, rehearsal, and performance space. Planning and identifying talented staff with just in time availability and dynamic skill for meeting the organizational requirements of high velocity growth. Producing world class, cutting edge, innovative materials that will continue to attract and captivate diverse audiences within the community, and from around the world.

Opera Orlando aspires to continue its legacy as a notable operatic company within its field, attracting performers and production talent with its own highly identifiable brand of unique, contemporary, and socially meaningful work.

In Opera Orlando's future plans we seek to take calculated risks that lead to our ultimate success; Orlando will be recognized for our operatic achievements globally. It is imperative that Opera Orlando continue to survey and hear from the community, seek, and gain support for our exciting collective future.

Opera Orlando is investing in development and fundraising initiatives with qualified and studied input from market research, leaders within the community and performing arts field, stake holders, collaborators and partners. We are excited about the future and while we still have much to do, we hope to accomplish our goals through strong community, corporate, and individual support. Our ongoing commitment to those who provide support is to responsibly steward all financial support, value and appreciate our mission, adhere to our values, and continue to enthusiastically honor our community’s unique spirit of cultural integrity.

 

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John T Wettach Jr
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 Sherry Bremer Community VolunteerVoting
Ms Leticia Maria Diaz Barry UniversityVoting
Ms. Patricia Engelhardt Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Ann Fox Community VolunteerVoting
Mr Alex Leitao Orlando City Soccer ClubVoting
Mr. Chevalier Lovett Voting
Ms. Carol Meijer Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Kathy Miller Community VolunteerVoting
Mr John Parker Community VolunteerVoting
Ms Maria de Lourdes Perez Ramirez DuGuddVoting
Mr Thomas Potter University of Central FloridaVoting
Ms Barbara Robbinson Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Julia Rudez Community VolunteerVotingNo
Ms Deede Sharp Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Judith Thompson RetiredVoting
Ms. Nancy Wagers Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Raleigh Webber Voting
Mr. John T Wettach JrAttorneyVoting
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,
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 2
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 2 years.
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."
Plans
Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2017
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 Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Apr
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2018
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2016990EZ
2015990
2014990
2013990 signed
2012990
2011990
2010990
Audit Documents
YearDocument
2016audit
2015Audit
2014Audit
2013Audit
2012Budget
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
Other Financial Documents
YearDocument
2016Data Arts
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$180,789$134,452$110,975
Administration Expense$10,892$8,169$7,703
Fundraising Expense$3,328$1,048$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.101.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%94%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$118,645$118,361$70,212
Current Assets$91,190$83,896$70,212
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$118,645$118,361$70,212
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations, Corporations and Individuals $129,542Earned Revenue $84,694Earned Revenue $118,992
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $60,919Individuals $65,812Individuals, Foundations, Corporations $22,640
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment $4,828Foundations and Corporations $5,000 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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 Opera Orlando as a rapidly growing premier operatic performing arts organization in central Florida has unique and welcome challenges. Along with our many success and opportunities comes the challenges of ongoing operations; securing appropriate environments for administrative, storage, rehearsal, and performance space. Planning and identifying talented staff with just in time availability and dynamic skill for meeting the organizational requirements of high velocity growth. Producing world class, cutting edge, innovative materials that will continue to attract and captivate diverse audiences within the community, and from around the world. Opera Orlando aspires to continue its legacy as a notable operatic company within its field, attracting performers and production talent with its own highly identifiable brand of unique, contemporary, and socially meaningful work. Opera Orlando has always been an excellent and conscientious steward of the money earned and donated, continually in the black financially and prepared to strategically invest in accordance to the interests of our stake holders and under the guidance of board of directors. In Opera Orlando's future plans we seek to take calculated risks that lead to our ultimate success; Orlando will be recognized for our operatic achievements globally. It is imperative that Opera Orlando continue to hear from the community, seek, and gain support for our exciting collective future. Opera Orlando is investing in development and fundraising initiatives with qualified and studied input from market research, leaders within the community and performing arts field, stake holders, collaborators and partners. We are excited about the future and while we still have much to do, we hope to accomplish our goals through strong community, corporate, and individual support. Our commitments to those who provide support is to responsibly steward all financial support, value and appreciate our mission, adhere to our values, and continue to honor our communities unique spirit of cultural integrity enthusiastically.
Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from IRS form 990s.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
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