For four decades, Chicago Opera Theater has offered “More of the Different” – from English-language and American operas to neglected masterpieces and contemporary marvels. With 60 Chicago premieres since the company’s inception in 1974, our vision is to continue exploring rarely-seen opera works and to push the boundaries of opera in Chicago.

With a goal of reaching $5 million in 5 years, COT hopes to expand our artistic offerings annually, and to deepen our commitment to arts education. This expansion of COT’s programming will enable us to reach more people while building audiences for the future.

COT is excited to announce our 555 Campaign has raised nearly $4.8 Million with $200k to go!
Help us bring more productions that can’t be seen anywhere else to Chicago audiences by supporting our campaign to grow!

$1 Million+

Stefan Edlis & Gael Neeson
Campaign Chairs


Roger & Julies Baskes
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Gregory O’Leary & Patricia Kenney


Peter & Lucy Ascoli
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Lemont Fund
Virginia Tobiason


Ron & Queta Bauer
Henry & Frances Fogel
Paul & Sue Freehling
Allen Heinemann & William Borden
Dan Tarlock & Vivien Gross