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Subject: Re: Ranking of opera companies
From: "John M. Greiner" <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 8 Dec 2005 12:51:09 -0500
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Guidestar and Charitynavigator both provide budgets of U.S. opera companies.   However, they offer different rankings, partially because the provide information on different years, even on their own sites.  For example, Guidestar uses information from both 2002 and 2003 as the most recent information they have on some companies.

Guidestar rankings are:

1) The Met
2) San Francisco Opera
3) Lyrica Opera of Chicago
4) New York City Opera
5) Washington Opera
6) Los Angeles Opera (a very close 6th)

The Charitynavigator site, which I believe uses somewhat more recent information, gives the largest U.S. companies, budget-wise, as

1) The Met $197 million
2) San Francisco $57 million
3) Chicago $49 million
4) Los Angeles $43 million
5) NYC opera $34.4 million
6) Washington Opera $33 million

Houston's budget was $21 million, Seattle's $20 million.  Other companies of interest - Santa Fe $14.5 million, San Diego $13.4 million, Dallas $10.2 million.  I obivously didn't look at them all, but I think most other companies fell under $10 million.

Best,

John Greiner



-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Schallan <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 01:27:27 -0500
Subject: Ranking of opera companies


The discussion of the Washington
National Opera rekindles my
curiosity about the ranking of
U.S. opera companies in terms of
annual budget.  I know this info
is available from Opera America
in their Annual Field Report, for
$15, but I can use that kind of
money to buy a Richter ROM, so,
perhaps the Communal Knowledge
can construct a reasonable
ranking.

It must go something like

1. Metropolitan ($200 million)
2. San Francisco ($50 million)
2. Los Angeles ($50 million)
4. Lyric of Chicago (??)
4. NYCO (??)
6. Washington (or Houston?)
6. Houston (or Washington?)

and then?

Opera America claims 125 professional-
company members in North America, but
I think only a handful of those must
have annual budgets over $10 million:

Metropolitan
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Lyric of Chicago
NYCO
Washington
Houston
Seattle
Santa Fe
Canadian (Toronto)

Pittsburgh, San Diego, Dallas,
and Opera Pacific (Calif.) may
be in there. Philadelphia,
I recall reading somewhere
recently, is at about $8
million.

There must be something like
fifteen companies in the $5 to
$10 million range -- Arizona
Opera, Opera Colorado,
OTSL, Boston, Vancouver,
Cleveland, Michigan Opera
Theater, Glimmerglass, Atlanta,
Florida Grand, Cincinnati,
et al.

The bulk of Opera America's
membership must consist of
small companies indeed.

I suspect I'm wildly off
in some of these guestimates.
What struck me in thinking
about them and writing them
down is how healthy opera
seems to be west of the
Mississippi.

My "home" company -- Arizona
Opera -- has their budget right
on their website: $5.5 million
for five productions and 36
performances.

Yours?

-Joe Schallan
 Phoenix

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