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A Message from our General Director


Ben Robinson, General Director

“As we enter the end of the year, I’m reflecting on the whirlwind of starting my position as the General Director of Anchorage Opera, getting to know my new Anchorage community, and exploring the possibilities for what opera can be in this great state. There’s a bright future for this art form, especially in a community as creative and collaboratively-minded as Anchorage. Of course, this is built on the generosity of our patrons; you have sustained us for over 60 years, and again we are coming to you to ask for your support.

For an “ARTful Start to 2024”, I’m pleased to share that donations of $200 or more will be eligible to enter a drawing to win an original oil painting by acclaimed contemporary Vietnamese artist, Trinh Khoa. If you would like to be entered after donating, let us know by contacting Judy Berry at jberry@anchorageopera.orgDrawing will take place on January 12, 2024.

After our retro dive into the 80s with The Elixir of Love, we are looking forward to two more spectacular productions this season. Derrick Wang’s remarkably funny and poignant Scalia/Ginsburg is up February 2, 3, and 4. This comic one act opera explores the unlikely friendship shared between the two late Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If opera can bring those two together, we think it can do wonders for the rest of you! On April 26, 27, and 28, Giuseppe Verdi’s powerful and thrilling La traviata will thrill audiences at the PAC. With its heart-wrenching melodies, sweeping love story, and world-class singers, this will be an event that you can’t miss!

There’s more: in May and June, Anchorage Opera will be teaming up with UAA to launch the first ever Alaska Artist Development Program. This three-week residency will offer advanced training to emerging young professional singers and an introduction to a life in music for high school students from south central Alaska. It will culminate in a special performance of Francis Poulenc’s incredible one-act comedy, Les mamelles de Tirésias. Our aim is to create a vibrant pathway for talent development and an opportunity for the immense pool of gifted Alaskans to hone their skills and contribute further to the cultural fabric of the state.

Guess what? Producing opera isn’t easy or inexpensive. This thrilling art form brings everything together – singing, acting, dancing, the orchestra, lights, costumes, sets… the list goes on! Likewise, it’s a collaborative effort to bring the community together to support high quality professional work and continue to let Anchorage be a growing cultural beacon. In a time made ever more complicated by the shifting climate post-pandemic, it is more vital than ever that we can count on your contributions to help sustain our mission. Making a gift now is a wonderful way for you to support great art (and artists) in Alaska.

To help Anchorage Opera make great things happen onstage (and off) in our community, please:

  • CALL (907-279-2557)
  • Donate ONLINE>>>
  • MAIL your donation to Anchorage Opera, 1507 Spar Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

On behalf of the entire team at Anchorage Opera, we are deeply grateful for your constancy and support.


Ben Robinson
General Director, Anchorage Opera

We are very grateful to Ellen Doupe-Moras for her generous donation of these gorgeous paintings in support of Anchorage Opera”

Your Gift Matters


When the curtain comes down at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, community building begins! We appreciate your gift in ANY amount especially as we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and grapple with the increased cost of everything from paint to personnel. Your donation enables us to connect directly with our community in new and more meaningful ways helping us produce and perform main stage operas, educational programs and community collaborations for which we will engage the talents of some 400 singers, musicians and theatrical artists approximately 87% of which live in the greater Anchorage area. Thank you for your support!

Anchorage Opera is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the EIN tax ID number: 51-0175124

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To DONATE by mail please send your gift to:

Anchorage Opera
1507 Spar Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

For our Donation Form CLICK HERE

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.

For information on ways to support Anchorage Opera, please contact Ben Robinson, General Director 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, Anchorage School District, Identity, Inc., Japanese American Citizens League, Alaska Veterans Museum, Alaska Jewish Museum, ACLU, Bridge Builders of Anchorage, 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 Overture Council, and many others give of themselves and their resources to ensure that AO’s grand tradition of enriching Alaskan life continues undiminished.

Leading Corporate, Foundation and Government Donors

Atwood Foundation
Richard L and Diane M Block Foundation
The Kumin Foundation
Alaska State Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Municipality of Anchorage
OPERA America
The Carr Foundation
Carol Franc Buck Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation
Tudor Bingo Center
The Odom Corporation
First National Bank Alaska
Alaska Airlines
Anchorage Opera Foundation
AVIS Alaska
ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.
First National Bank Alaska
Anchorage East Rotary
The Alaska Club

Alaska State Council on the Arts

Municipality of Anchorage

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.