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2018-2019 Board of Trustees


Jeff Kodosky, Chair Stephen S. Jeffrey, President Elisabeth Juen Waltz, Past Chair Michael Erspamer, President-Elect James D. Green, Jr., Secretary Susanne Tetzlaff, Legal Counsel Connee B. Sullivan, Finance & Audit Chair Tina Barrett, Ph.D., Education Chair Kevin A. Kaylakie, Special Funds Chair & Endowment Board Chair Polly Barbaro, Development Chair Brian H. Powell, Trustees Chair

Annie Burridge General Director & CEO

TRUSTEES Ernest Auerbach Mary Ellen Borgelt Christopher H. Cheever Curby Conoley Paula Damore Dennis J. Eakin John English Laura Gutiérrez-Witt Rob Hagelberg Colleen Halbrook Andrew Heller TRUSTEES EMERITUS Frederick S. Addy Ada Anderson Sandy Ball Philip W. Barnes Amelia Bullock Paul Burns, M.D. Tana Christie Suzannah Cox Nell Dale, Ph.D ADVISORY TRUSTEES Ray Benson Thomas B. Martin William B. Mitchell Andrew Schwartz

David Jabour Maria Kahng Hootan Khatami, M.D. William W. Krumpack Carol Logan Carlos Lowenberg, Jr. Michael S. Metteauer Rosy Moore Sissi O’Reilly Jonathan Sessler Kenneth W. Smith

Jay B. Stewart David N. Tobey, Jr., M.D. Steven Tyler Joni K. Wallace, D.D.S. Stephen R. Watson Jim Whorton Eva Womack Cornelia Foster Wood

Harvey Evans, D.D.S. Doyle M. Fellers David Harrington Lloyd Lochridge Susan Lubin Robert Mettlen, Ph.D. Ambassador Lyndon Olson, Jr. William B. Paddock

H. Robert Powell Gay Ratliff Harriet Rutland Katharine Shields Suzanne Shore R. Clint Smith Connie Webb Catherine Wildermuth, Ph.D.

Timothy Myers Artistic Advisor

ARTISTIC AND PRODUCTION Nathan DePoint, Senior Director of Artistic Operations Vincent E. Herod, Director of Production & Technical Director Rebecca Graham-Forbis, Company Manager Beverly Frittelli, Orchestra Manager Cina Crisara, Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nyle Matsuoka, Principal Coach and Pianist DEVELOPMENT Jennifer Basten, Chief Development Officer Angie Bonnici, Director of Individual Giving Rhanda Luna, Director of Member & Partner Programs Chrissy Nanton, Grants Manager Miranda Schultz, Leadership Giving Coordinator EDUCATION Debra Erck, Director of Education FINANCE Eva Kuhlman, Senior Director of Finance MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS, AND AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE Melysa Rogen, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications Julie Fiore, Director of Audience Experience Dianne van Hulle, Patron Services Manager Laura Carrisosa, Communications Associate

Dear Friends, Thanks to the enthusiastic participation of thousands of Austinites, Austin Opera’s 2018-2019 Season was one for the record books – marked by new levels of artistic excellence, the launch of Opera ATX, record-breaking ticket sales and fundraising, new community partnerships, and a significant expansion in the reach of our education programs. We opened the season with Verdi’s Otello featuring powerhouse voices and the outstanding Austin Opera Orchestra; continued with the Pulitzer Prize-winning and Austin Critics Table Award-winning opera Silent Night; launched our Opera ATX series with the multi-media contemporary work Soldier Songs at the iconic Paramount Theatre; and closed the season with opera’s timeless love story, La bohème. Our varied and exciting programming resulted in record ticket sales – with La bohème breaking every record for the past five years and three of our four operas – Otello, Silent Night, and Solider Songs – recognized as a “top five operatic experience in North America” on their opening weekend by OperaWire. We announced our new partnership with the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas in co-producing the Butler Opera International Competition, and we doubled down on our efforts to connect with the community through production-specific collaborations with organizations like the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), Austin Shakespeare, and the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry, to name just a few. Our education programs reached new heights with record-level participation, and we created the Austin Opera Educator of the Year Award in recognition of the dedicated teachers who partner with us in closing the equity gap in arts education in schools. Thanks to the generosity of our donor family, contributed income increased 15% over the the year before, resulting in the highest levels of annual fund support in company history. We received our third national, six-figure innovation grant in two years, and thanks to Ernest and Sarah Butler, in particular, our endowment has increased more than 75% over the past two years. As we proudly look back on these achievements, I thank you for making it all possible. I look forward to seeing what we will accomplish together next! With gratitude, Annie Burridge General Director & CEO Photos in this annual report are by Erich Schlegel, Austin Opera’s official production photographer, unless otherwise stated. Erich is a Pulitzer Prizenominated photographer and has taken official photos for both the Summer & Winter Olympics. Erich has been photographing Austin Opera productions since 2016.



A Festive Staged Concert Event


Cast: Otello – Issachah Savage Desdemona – Marina Costa-Jackson Iago – Michael Chioldi

Creative Team: Conductor – Steven White Concert Stage Director – Rebecca A. Herman Lighting Designer – Thomas Hase Austin Opera gratefully acknowledges the support of our generous donors: Artist Underwriters Issachah Savage (Otello) Brian & Lynn Powell Marina Costa-Jackson (Desdemona) Dennis & Kandace Eakin Michael Chioldi (Iago) Michael & Patty Erspamer Maestro Steven White Polly & Steve Barbaro

“It’s a tribute to the company and the talent it engaged here...that this Otello scaled heights that many a lavishly staged production don’t reach. This was a victory worthy of the Lion of Venice.” – Austin Chronicle



Anna Sørenson – Hailey Clark* Nikolaus Sprink – Joseph Dennis* Lieutenant Audebert – David Adam Moore Lieutenant Horstmayer – Craig Irvin*+ Lieutenant Gordon – Craig Verm Ponchel – Andrew Wilkowske*+ Father Palmer – Troy Cook+ Jonathan Dale – John Lindsey+ French General – Christian Zaremba William Dale, his brother – Ben Edquist* Kronprinz – David Margulis*

Creative Team: Conductor – Timothy Myers* Production Stage Director – Tomer Zvulun* Stage Director – Conor Hanratty* Scenic Designer – Erhard Rom Costume Designer – Victoria Tzykun* Lighting Designer – Peter W. Mitchell* *Austin Opera Debut +Role Originator

Austin Opera gratefully acknowledges the support of our generous donors: Production Underwriters Elisabeth Juen Waltz, Steffen Waltz, & Robert W. Garrett Eva & Marvin Womack Artist Underwriters Maestro Timothy Myers Sarah & Ernest Butler

“Shout it from the rooftops: ‘Silent Night’ was one of Austin Opera’s best shows ever.” “One last brava to General Director and CEO Annie Burridge for putting all this together.” – Austin American-Statesman

Joseph Dennis (Nikolaus Sprink) Jeanne & Van Hoisington Hailey Clark (Anna Sørenson) Brian & Lynn Powell Craig Verm (Lieutenant Gordon) Eva & Marvin Womack Artist Underwriting Circle Janice & John English Sissi & Gerard O’Reilly


La bohème

“It’s the love that is so obvious in everything Austin Opera does. They hire the best national and international stars to bring the stage alive.” – Broadway World


Austin Opera gratefully acknowledges the support of our generous donors:

Artist Underwriters Maestro Peter Bay Susanne Tetzlaff & Eric Tiblier

Andrew Lovato (Schaunard) Tina & Michael Barrett

Production Underwriter Christopher H. Cheever

Kang Wang (Rodolfo) Mary Ann & Andrew Heller

David Small (Benoit/Alcindoro) Toni & Paul Burns

Elizabeth Caballero (Mimì) Sandra & Alan Williams

Artist Underwriting Circle Clara & Paul Bancroft Gail Commagere Mack & Margery Lindsey Jay & Sherrie Stewart

Ashraf Sewailam (Colline) Paula & Stuart Damore


Creative Team:

Rodolfo – Kang Wang* Mimì – Elizabeth Caballero Marcello – Noel Bouley* Musetta – Susannah Biller* Colline – Ashraf Sewailam* Schaunard – Andrew Lovato

Conductor – Peter Bay Stage Director – Alison Moritz Scenic Designer – Michael Yeargan Costume Designer – Walter Mahoney Lighting Designer – James Sale *Austin Opera Debut



Soldier Songs

Photos by Karen Almond

Cast: Soldier – David Adam Moore Chamber Ensemble – Newspeak*

“David T. Little’s opera ‘Soldier Songs’ should be required viewing for anybody who has not seen active service…” – Austin American-Statesman

Creative Team: Music & Text – David T. Little* Production – Beth Morrison Projects* Film – Bill Morrison* Conductor – Todd Reynolds* Stage Director – Ashley Tata* *Austin Opera Debut

Austin Opera gratefully acknowledges the support of our generous donors: Production Underwriters Judy & Patrick Cantilo Gail & Jeff Kodosky Paula & Ken Smith Artist Underwriter David Adam Moore Thom Brooks

Thank you! The 2018-2019 Season was possible because of the generosity of our donors. Members of our Leadership Giving, Patron, and Partner Programs, together with our institutional funders, donated $2.2 million to Austin Opera, an increase of 15% over last year. Austin Opera is eternally grateful to our supporters for their passion, enthusiasm, and support of this wondrous art form. Bravi tutti!

Top to bottom left column: Van & Jeanne Hoisington with tenor Joseph Dennis; Trustee Mike Erspamer, baritone Michael Chioldi, & Patty Erspamer; Michael Barrett, Guild President Rosy Moore, & Trustee Tina Barrett. Center column top to bottom: Trustee Brian Powell & Lynn Powell; Trustee Polly Barbaro, Diane Lipsitz, & Steve Barbaro. Top to bottom right column: Trustee Andrew Heller, Mary Ann Heller, Trustee David Jabour, Trustee Susanne Tetzlaff, Lucy Tiblier, Sylvia Jabour, & Eric Tiblier. Board Chair Jeff Kodosky & Gail Kodosky; Kandace Eakin, soprano Marina Costa Jackson, & Trustee Dennis Eakin.

The 2019 Serenata Wine Dinner & Auction, hosted by the Austin Opera Guild, raised over $200,000 for the company’s productions and education programs and honored dear friends and Austin philanthropists Mary Ann and Andrew Heller. Austin Opera thanks Serenata Co-Chairs Suzanne Breitbach, Michael Garza, and Roger Kahlbau for their incredible efforts in making the event a huge success!

Top: Stephen Kahng, Trustee Maria Kahng, Trustee Elisabeth Waltz, Steffen Waltz, & Alice Glasco. Middle: Paul Richichi, General Director & CEO Annie Burridge, Ernest & Sarah Butler. Bottom from left: Baritone Craig Verm, Marvin Womack & Trustee Eva Womack; Lauren Jeffrey & Board President Stephen Jeffrey; Trustee Bill Krumpack & Amelia Bullock; Trustee Andrew Heller & Mary Ann Heller with Serenata Co-Chairs Roger Kahlbau, Suzanne Breitbach, & Michael Garza.

This season, Austin Opera was recognized for our work in innovation by two national funders – we were the fortunate recipients of an Arts Innovation and Management grant by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the largest grant in company history, and were awarded a second OPERA America Innovation grant.

Making a difference!

This season, Austin Opera was proud to partner with Austin Shakespeare, the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry, Alamo Drafthouse, Local Opera Local Artists (LOLA), One Ounce Opera, Armstrong Community Music School, Veterans Guitar Project, and the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM). Austin Opera’s education programs, Opera Treasure Chest and Access Opera, served 11,400 children across Central Texas providing in-school arts programming and visits to the Long Center to see a live opera performance!

Photos selected from Austin Opera’s social media accounts, shared by educators & community members.

Top: Paula Smith & Trustee Ken Smith.

AUSTIN OPERA STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS FY 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

Middle: Silent Night composer Kevin Puts, Artistic Advisor Timothy Myers, & Silent Night librettist Mark Campbell; Stuart Damore & Trustee Paula Damore.

REVENUE Ticket Sales Other Earned Revenue Contributions Fundraising Events Investment Distributions/Gains TOTAL REVENUE

Bottom: Principal Coach & Pianist Nyle Matsuoka, Trustee Chris Cheever, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, & Trustee Sissi O’Reilly.

1,095,144 52,698 2,600,105 380,309 250,511 $4,378,768






General and Administrative






Ticket Sales /25% Other Earned Revenue /1% Private Support /54% Public Support /5% Fundraising Events /9% Investment Distributions/Gains /6% Photo by Marjorie Kamys


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