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Thank you for helping Anchorage Opera make MAGIC again as we return to LIVE performances!

We appreciate your gift in ANY amount especially during this time of recovery. You’ve felt the power of opera to touch our souls, how a classic favorite can reconnect you to things that matter to you or a how a new work can take you by storm and change your life. Opera brings joy and wonder at a time when we all need it most…

  • “We are living in operatic times. Forget what you’ve heard about opera being remote and elitist. Opera is also the art form that, perhaps more than any other, specializes in heightened emotion, and in finding ways to communicate it.” Anne Midgette – Washington Post
  • “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

Ticket sales only account for 30% of our operating expenses and your gift truly makes a difference. We rely heavily on private donations, grants, and fundraising events events all of which are also impacted now.

Only with the continuing support of dedicated patrons like you can we realize our mission of being the center of artistic creation, innovation and education through the presentation of opera and related events encouraging public collaboration and community engagement for the people of the State of Alaska.  Thank you for being an important part of achieving this mission.



To DONATE by mail please send your gift to:

Anchorage Opera
1507 Spar Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

For our Donation Form CLICK HERE

It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend, Richard Block. It is extremely difficult to imagine Anchorage Opera without Dick; his immense contributions to AO over the decades have not only helped our company grow and thrive but shaped its very core mission, serving on the AO Board from 2005-2013, as its Treasurer from 2005-2008 and as its President from 2008-2010. He and his beloved wife Diane were true patrons of the arts in Anchorage, generously supporting innumerable AO productions through their Richard L. and Diane M. Block Foundation, helping provide housing for guest artists and ensuring a future legacy for our work through the Anchorage Opera Foundation Endowment which he established some years ago. Both in his service and his philanthropy he was a “hard act to follow”. Reed will miss his “Breakfasts with Dick” and our entire AO Family will miss seeing his smiling face in the Dress Circle of our Saturday night performances at the PAC. We are grateful for the time we had with him on this earth. We send our deepest condolences to his entire family at this difficult time. May his memory be a blessing to his loved ones: we are truly blessed to count ourselves among them.

Read Richard L. Block obituary>>>

ONLINE: To make a gift in memory of  Richard L. Block CLICK HERE

BY MAIL: To make a gift in memory of  Richard L. Block please send a check payable to the Anchorage Opera Foundation (with Permanent Endowment in the memo line) to:
Anchorage Opera
1507 Spar Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

There are many ways to support AO!

Bequests or Memorial and Tribute Funds are ways to celebrate your loved ones as well as your favorite charitable organization.

Gifts of Securities, Real Estate, or Property are excellent alternatives to cash donations and offer great tax benefits.

Matching Gifts are an important way to double, or even triple, your gift to AO. Please be sure to include the appropriate form with your contribution.

Corporate Giving not only benefits AO, but also benefits your company. Corporate donations send a powerful message to Alaskans and allow for the opportunity to reach diverse populations. We can tailor a sponsorship package to suit your company’s needs, including:
▪  Complimentary tickets to Anchorage Opera shows and events.
▪  Your logo featured on Anchorage Opera’s website homepage, displayed on all print materials, projected above the stage at performances and acknowledged in all media.
▪  Your advertisement included in all our season program books with prime placement (possibly even the coveted back cover or interior cover pages for maximum visibility and impact) and featured prominently in our E-newsletters and social media
▪  And even more great perks! Want to find out more? Please contact us directly to discuss the exciting possibilities.

In-Kind Giving is another way to make a non-cash donation to Anchorage Opera.

Program Advertising is a great way to shine a spotlight on your business and support Anchorage Opera. Our patrons will see for themselves that you have a heart for the arts in Anchorage. BRAVO! To learn more CLICK HERE. To view our 2021-22 Advertising Rates Form CLICK HERE

For information on ways to support Anchorage Opera, please contact Reed Smith at 907-279-2557 or

Anchorage Opera has been commended for its collaborative work with other arts and cultural organizations in Alaska including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Alaska Dance Theater, Anchorage Concert Chorus, and the Alaska Children’s Choir. Other partners include the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage Public Library, Alaska World Affairs Council, Anchorage School District, Identity, Inc., Alaska Veterans Museum, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage Concert Association, TBA Theater and the Perseverance Theater. Anchorage Opera also has a strong relationship with UAA and provides opportunities for aspiring vocal and instrumental students to work alongside professionals.

Each year, we serve thousands of adults and youth, residents and visitors through multiple community and education partnerships, mainstage performances and related events. From educational partnerships with the Anchorage School District that includes free student dress rehearsals and school lunch Flash MOBperas, to active partnerships with a wide variety of Alaskan organizations and an ever-expanding list of patrons and supporters, all of Alaska reaps the benefits of AO’s operations. As it was in the beginning, generous individuals and institutions from all parts of the community including the members of AO’s Board of Trustees, a dedicated core of volunteers, the Anchorage Opera Guild and many others give of themselves and their resources to ensure that AO’s grand tradition of enriching Alaskan life continues undiminished.

Season Donors

Atwood Foundation

Municipality of Anchorage

Alaska State Council on the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts


Leading Corporate, Foundation and Government Donors

Alaska Airlines
Alaska National Insurance
Alaska State Council on the Arts
Anchorage Opera Foundation
Atwood Foundation
Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
AVIS Alaska
Alaska, Inc.
First National Bank Alaska
Municipality of Anchorage
Arts Advisory Commission
National Endowment for the Arts
OPERA America
Rasmuson Foundation
Richard L and Diane M Block Foundation
The Alaska Club
The Odom Corporation
Tudor Bingo Center

Flash MOBpera

Opera when & where you LEAST expect it!
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Anchorage Opera acknowledges that we gather and are performing on the traditional lands of the Dena’ina Athabascans. For thousands of years the Dena’ina have been and continue to be the stewards of this land. It is with gratefulness and respect that we recognize the contributions, innovations, and contemporary perspectives of the upper Cook Inlet Dena’ina.