The Arts + Earth Initiative was created by the Getty family in 2017 as a funding model to support exemplary charities who are making a difference in the two philanthropic areas of chief interest to the family: the arts and the environment. For the inaugural event on September 16, 2017, the Initiative has selected both Earthjustice and The Center for Contemporary Opera as dual beneficiaries of all net proceeds.


Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.




The Center for Contemporary Opera is the oldest company in the world devoted solely to contemporary opera. Founded in November 1982 by Richard Marshall and Robert Ward, CCO represents artists from all along the spectrum, from America’s most well-known composers, to emerging artists, to composers from historically underrepresented groups.




Gordon Getty’s musical works, ranging from art song to opera, have been performed around the world and released by Pentatone in a series of SACD recordings. Mr. Getty’s latest achievement–two short operas, referred to as ‘The Scare Pair’–unite operatic adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher and Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost. A newly created production of this double-bill will be premiered in New York and Los Angeles this fall and next summer, respectively.

In this double-bill, writer Edgar Allen Poe takes the stage himself as the main character of Usher House, an unsettling chiller that has all the classic elements of Gothic horror: a high-strung recluse, a beautiful madwoman and a sinister doctor, all hidden away in a crumbling manor house full of secrets. The Canterville Ghost puts a deft comic spin on Oscar Wilde’s witty tale, in which the 300-year-old ghost of an English nobleman fails to impress his newest audience, a family of Americans who simply refuse to be frightened.


New York City
October 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
October 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
The Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College
E. 68th St (between Park & Lexington Ave), New York, NY
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Los Angeles June 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
June 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College
1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA
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