Fundraising goal is $15 million by the company's 100th anniversary in 2020
CINCINNATI, OH--This evening from the Music Hall stage, Cincinnati Opera publicly announced the New Century Campaign, a fundraising campaign with a goal of $15 million to build the company's endowment, support new artistic endeavors, and build capacity. Cincinnati Opera aims to complete the campaign by 2020, which marks the centenary year of the country's second-oldest opera company. Tonight, the company announced that through the extraordinary giving from the leadership of the campaign, the Presidents' Council, and several sizeable foundation and corporate grants, the campaign is currently more than halfway toward its goal of $15 million.
The New Century Campaign will launch the next phase of Cincinnati Opera by focusing on the following key areas: The Great Works, continuing the company's commitment to the masterworks of the operatic canon; The New Works, expanding the canon by creating and presenting contemporary American opera; The Convener in the Community, broadening the company's reach within the community; and The Beyond, exploring innovative ways of connecting audiences with opera.
The New Century Campaign is spearheaded by an impressive roster of key leaders at the company. Campaign co-chairs are Cathy Crain, Gary T. "Doc" Huffman, and Dr. John M. Tew, Jr. The campaign COO is Murray Sinclaire, Jr., the current Cincinnati Opera board president. The Campaign Cabinet includes Boris Auerbach, G. Gibson Carey, Harry Fath, Kingston Fletcher, Donald E. Hoffman, Lawrence H. Kyte, Jr., Robert W. Olson, Harry H. Santen, and Ellen G. van der Horst. Next Generation Campaign co-chairs are Mark J. Busher and Julia B. Meister.
A lead gift from former Cincinnati Opera board president Harry Fath will underwrite the company's general director and CEO chair in perpetuity, and the position will be named The Harry Fath General Director & CEO. This gift was made to honor the current general director and CEO, Patricia K. Beggs, who is now in her 30th year with the company.
Other lead gifts were announced from the following organizations:
- The Harry T. Wilks Foundation, underwriting the artistic director chair in perpetuity
- A generous gift from The Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
- The Corbett Foundation, underwriting the Opera Fusion collaboration with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in perpetuity
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, underwriting the Opera Fusion: New Works collaboration with CCM for a period of three years
- The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee
- The Louise Taft Semple Foundation
- LPK, with a significant pro-bono gift of branding work on the New Century Campaign
In addition, significant gifts have been made by Cathy and Tom Crain, Gary "Doc" and Milly Huffman, Ann and Harry Santen, Murray and Robin Sinclaire, and Susan and John Tew. Generous gifts have also been made by members of the Presidents' Council, an advisory body composed of past and current presidents of Cincinnati Opera.
2016 Season Repertoire
Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, also announced from the stage the four operas which will be presented during the 2016 Summer Festival. They include two works which have not been presented by the company in more than 30 years: Beethoven's musical masterpiece and only opera, Fidelio, and the sparkling Viennese operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. The season will close with a brand-new, built-in-Cincinnati production of Puccini's Tosca.
The company will continue its commitment to new works with a world premiere, presented in partnership with CCM, of Fellow Travelers, an opera set during the McCarthy Era's Lavender Scare, featuring a heartrending story of persecution, longing, and betrayal. The opera, based on the 2007 novel by Thomas Mallon, is composed by Gregory Spears to a libretto by Greg Pierce, and will be directed by Kevin Newbury. Mark Gibson, a professor of music and director of orchestral studies at CCM, will conduct. The opera received a 2013 workshop from Cincinnati Opera's Opera Fusion: New Works collaboration with CCM.
Further details about the company's 2016 season will be announced in the fall.
Founded in 1920 and the second oldest opera company in the nation, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of grand opera every June and July. The company's repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary masterworks brought to life by some of the world's most dynamic performers
and creative teams.
Cincinnati Opera's 2015 Summer Festival continues through July 31, featuring Giacomo Puccini's Turandot. Cincinnati Opera's 2015 Season Presenting Sponsor is PNC. The 2015 season is also made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, Macy's, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations.
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