Donor Benefits


Chicago Opera Theater relies on and deeply appreciates its remarkable family of friends and supporters. We thank you for your support by offering the following benefits:

Supernumerary ($50-$99)
• Advanced notice of events and ticket sales

Ensemble Circle ($100-$249)
• Advanced notice of events and ticket sales
• Recognition in each production’s Program Book

Comprimario Circle ($250-$499)
• Advanced notice of events and ticket sales
• Recognition in each production’s Program Book
• Invitation to COT’s Holiday Soirée in December
• An invitation for you and one guest to one Final Dress Rehearsal

Understudy Circle ($500-$999)
• Advanced notice of events and ticket sales
• Recognition in each production’s Program Book
• Invitation to COT’s Holiday Soirée in December
• One-time pass for you and a guest to the VIP Donor Room
• An invitation for you and one guest to one Final Dress Rehearsal dinner
• An invitation for you and one guest to two Final Dress Rehearsals

Starring Role ($1,000-$2,499)
• Advanced notice of events and ticket sales
• Recognition in each production’s Program Book
• Invitation to COT’s Holiday Soirée in December, Annual Gala, and special events
• Access to the VIP Donor Room
• An invitation for you and one guest to one Final Dress Rehearsal dinner
• An invitation for you and one guest to all Final Dress Rehearsals
• Invitation for you and a guest to one Opening Night Cast Party

Director’s Circle ($2,500-$4,999)
• Advanced notice of events and ticket sales
• Recognition in each production’s Program Book
• Invitation to COT’s Holiday Soirée in December, Annual Gala, and special events
• Access to the VIP Donor Room
• An invitation for you and one guest to two Final Dress Rehearsal dinners
• An invitation for you and one guest to all Final Dress Rehearsals
• Invitation for you and a guest to two Opening Night Cast Parties

Conductor’s Circle ($5,000-$9,999)
All of the benefits above, plus:
• Two complimentary Season A+ tickets

President’s Circle ($10,000-$24,999)
All of the benefits above, plus:
• Backstage visit for one Opening Night
• Four complimentary Season A+ tickets

Ovation Circle ($50,000-$99,999)
All of the benefits above, plus:
• Recognition at performances on supertitle screen
• Quarter-page ad in the Season Program Book
• Champagne toast with the General Director and Principal Cast
General Director’s Circle ($25,000-$49,999)
All of the benefits below, plus:
• Dinner at Acanto with General Director and Principal Cast
• Attend one COT Production-and-Design Presentation

Leadership Circle ($100,000+)
All of the benefits above, plus:
special recognition and benefits customized to your philanthropic goals

 

How to Give


Production Sponsor

Receive exclusive invitations to performances and sneak peeks into the creative concepts of each season, while financing inspiring opera that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $10,000. We are happy to customize a benefits package to meet your philanthropic and marketing goals.

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Please ask your Human Resource department for a matching gift form and send the completed form to COT.

Gifts of Securities

Making a gift of appreciated securities to COT lends vital support to the company. Please contact us for stock transfer instructions.

Honor/Tribute Gifts

Remember and celebrate a friend or loved one with a COT gift instead of a more traditional gift. Contact us for opportunities to honor your dear ones.

Planned Giving, The Encore Society

A legacy gift ensures that COT will offer to future generations more inspiring opera that will always keep audiences on the edge of their seat; will produce affordable opera as Chicago has never imagined; will create opportunities for young opera artists; and will educate children to become opera lovers. If you have arranged a planned gift for COT, kindly let us know as we would be pleased to recognize your generosity. Learn more.

In-Kind Donations

In-kind gifts can be valuable to COT. We are pleased to accept certain in-kind gifts, and will provide you with a tax receipt for your donation.

To make any type of gift, for more information, or if you have any questions, please contact General Manager of Strategy and Development, Ashley Magnus, at AMagnus@cot.org.