Support

NOW CASTING OUR MOST IMPORTANT ROLES

Thanks to our supporters, the Opera Festival of Chicago plays a vital role in Chicago’s rich and diverse cultural landscape. We are one of only a few companies in the world dedicated to producing and presenting rarely performed Italian opera masterworks. By doing so, we make these operas, and their cultural context, accessible to a wide audience and provide a stimulating and inspirational environment for artists and audiences alike.

When you make a gift to the Opera Festival of Chicago, you help us:

  • Foster the presentation of Italian opera masterworks that are almost never performed in the United States
  • Remove barriers to live opera by keeping performances accessible to all audiences
  • Develop the next generation of opera talent through a comprehensive side-by-side young artist training program
  • Showcase to an international audience the immense talent that has originated from the Chicagoland area
  • Bring leading opera artists to Chicago stages

If you would like more information on supporting the Opera Festival of Chicago, please contact General Director Robert Massey at rmassey@operafestivalchicago.org.

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WILL YOU JOIN US?

Donor Levels & Benefits

Overture – $25

  • Your gift helps us contribute to Chicago’s rich and diverse cultural landscape with the fully staged production of live Italian operas that are almost never performed in the United States.
  • Your donation will cover the cost of one artist’s music for a Festival production.
  • You will receive an Opera Festival of Chicago sticker to proudly display on your laptop, instrument case, or elsewhere!

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Amici del Festival

Aria – $100 [or $10/month]

All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Your support allows us to provide affordable student tickets to all Festival performances, fostering the next generation of opera lovers.
  • Your gift will cover the cost of one performer’s costume for a Festival production.
  • Your will be recognized in our Festival Program Guide as an Amici del Festival.

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Bravo – $250 [or $25/month]

All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Your donation helps keep ticket prices low. In fact, without it, tickets would cost double (or even triple) what we charge. Your support makes opera affordable and accessible to all.
  • This gift will cover the cost of crucial lighting instruments, making sure our artists truly shine.
  • You will receive a subscription to our Opera Festival of Chicago digital library.

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Coro – $500 [or $50/month]

All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Thanks to your support, the Festival employs more than 100 singers, orchestra musicians, and production crew members.
  • Your gift will cover the costs of one Festival chorus member.
  • You will receive a special gift from a Festival artist.

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Festival Circle

Festival Circle Member – $1,000 [or $100/month]

All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Your gift helps to provide a stimulating and inspirational environment of Italian opera for audiences and artists alike.
  • Your gift covers the cost of one orchestra musicians in a Festival production.
  • You will receive the stylish Festival Circle pin.
  • You will receive invitations to exclusive Festival Circle events held throughout the year.
  • You will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to one Festival performance.
  • You will have access to the priority booking for all Festival performances and events.
  • You will be recognized in our Festival Program Guide as a Festival Circle Member.

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Festival Circle Patron – $2,500 [or $250/month]

All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Your donation helps develop the next generation of opera professionals by supporting the Festival’s comprehensive Apprenticeship program – a vital opportunity for early-career professionals to work side-by-side with established industry experts.
  • Your gift covers the cost of employing and training one Festival Apprentice.
  • You will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to each Festival production.
  • You will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine at each Festival performance.
  • You will receive an autographed Festival poster.

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Festival Sponsors

Comprimario Artist Sponsor – $5,000

All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Thanks to your support, we are able to celebrate and showcase the immense talent that has originated from the Chicagoland area – onstage and through digital broadcasts.
  • Your gift covers the cost of one main stage Festival artist.
  • You will receive an invitation to an exclusive meet-the-artists event.
  • You will receive an invitation to a special backstage Director’s tour.
  • You will be recognized in our Festival Program Guide and on our website as a Festival Sponsor.

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Prima Donna Artist Sponsor – $10,000

All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Your generous donation will support bringing the leading artists of the opera world to the Festival stage.
  • Your gift will cover the cost of a lead artist.
  • You will receive an invitation to a private meet-the-artist event.
  • You will receive an additional pair of complimentary tickets to each Festival production.

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Angeli del Festival – $25,000

All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Your extremely generous gift truly makes our Festival happen. In honor of this generosity, we will customize a benefits package personalized to your needs.
  • You will be recognized as an Angeli del Festival in our Festival Program Guide, on our website, and from the stage.

The Opera Festival of Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.