New Century Campaign

The New Century Campaign

For 95 years, Cincinnati Opera has been one of the nation’s leading mid-sized opera companies, and has brought beautiful, magical, and thrilling grand opera for the Cincinnati region and beyond. As the company looks forward to its 100th Anniversary in 2020, we have embarked on a campaign to fund major artistic projects, build capacity for the company, and grow the endowment. The New Century Campaign launches the next phase of Cincinnati Opera by focusing on the following key areas: The Great Works, The New Works, The Convener in the Community, and The Beyond. Please check back at this page for campaign updates and ways you can play a part.

NCC Image_ Great WorksThe Great Works continue our commitment to the masterworks of the operatic canon. New traditional grand opera productions attract long time operagoers, as well as younger and more diverse audiences. Presenting new productions of traditional grand operas enhances Cincinnati Opera’s national reputation – not only through the creation of the sets and costumes, but also through their premiere performances. It also provides a new and sustainable source of revenue from future rentals of these productions to other opera companies.

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The New Works, creating and presenting contemporary American opera. Cincinnati Opera is on the cutting edge of contributing to the expansion and advancement of the contemporary American operatic repertoire. Most importantly, our innovative partnership and artistic incubator, Opera Fusion: New Works provides an opportunity for contemporary composers to workshop their new operas, leading to commissions and national recognition. Opera Fusion: New Works has enabled the development of six new American operas: Doubt, Champion, Morning Star, Fellow Travelers, Great Scott, and Meet John Doe.

NCC Image_ConvenerThe Convener in the Community, broadening our reach within the community. Cincinnati Opera has developed a strong tradition of bringing opera to new and diverse audiences within the community through our Outbound touring programs. Through our strategic partnerships with organizations such as the Cincinnati Zoo, UCMC, Washington Park, and the School for Creative and Performing Arts, we are able to bring opera to our community in unexpected ways and in unique venues.

NCC Image_BeyondThe Beyond, exploring innovative ways of connecting audiences with opera. An integral part of Cincinnati Opera’s future is CO2--an attempt to create an innovative and sustainable business model for Cincinnati Opera by shifting the ratio of contributed vs. earned income. Through this program, Cincinnati Opera also aims to offer more affordable tickets, expand its repertoire, and attract new audiences. Our strategic artistic partnerships now include concert:nova and ROKCincy.


New Century Campaign Team

Campaign Co-Chairs Cathy Crain Gary T. “Doc” Huffman John M. Tew, Jr.

Campaign COO Murray Sinclaire, Jr.

Next Generation Campaign Co-Chairs Mark J. Busher Julia B. Meister

Campaign Cabinet Boris Auerbach G. Gibson Carey Harry Fath Kingston Fletcher Donald E. Hoffman Lawrence H. Kyte, Jr. Robert W. Olson Harry H. Santen Ellen G. van der Horst

Campaign Branding Partners LPK Chris Andruss Liz Grubow Meredith Post Mark Westbrook Ronny Young

New Century Campaign Lead Gifts

Boris Auerbach and Kathy Patchel Patricia K. and James D. Beggs A.K. and G. Gibson Carey The Corbett Foundation Peter Courlas in honor of Nick Tsimaras Cathy and Tom Crain Harry and Linda Fath The Estate of Eleanor Hazelton Mr. David C. Herriman Donald E. Hoffman Gary “Doc” and Milly Huffman LPK The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Mary L. Meyer Charitable Trust in memory of William D. Meyer The Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust Robert and Carol Olson Susan and Joe Pichler Edward and Nancy Rosenthal Ann and Harry Santen The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee The Selnick Charitable Remainder Trust The Louise Taft Semple Foundation Murray and Robin Sinclaire Dr. and Mrs. John M. Tew, Jr. The Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation