the new century campaign

For 97 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 for campaign updates and ways you can play a part.


The Great Works

Continuing 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.


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The 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.


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The 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, ROKCincy, and Catacoustic Consort.

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
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
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