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Why I Give: Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Tax accountant Brian Wong first discovered opera back in 2008, while he was looking for a way to relieve the stresses of work and life. A Los Angeles native, Brian recalled an elementary school trip to see Hansel and Gretel at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

An interest in opera stayed with him, and he began noticing familiar arias in movies and on television. “To me, the most famous aria was ‘O mio babbino caro,’ which I discovered to be from Puccini’s Il Trittico, an opera I’d never heard of and knew absolutely nothing about,” said Mr. Wong.

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Why I Give: Ruby Hanan

Ruby Hanan and friends

Ruby Hanan and friends

Ruby Hanan has worked part-time as a Telefund caller for LA Opera for the past 12 years. For 10 of those years she has also been a donor to the organization.

What inspires Ruby to not only give her time but also contribute to LA Opera?

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Giving for the Future: Tarasenka Pankiv Fund

Tara Colburn

Tara Colburn

Tara Colburn, born Tarasenka Pankiv in Zagreb, Croatia, grew up surrounded by music and the arts. She studied piano with her concert pianist mother and her grandfather was director of the Zagreb Conservatory. A lifelong supporter of the arts, Ms. Colburn served as an active board member of LA Opera since the company’s founding year in 1986. She was one of the company’s most dedicated supporters for nearly two decades before her death in 2003. She established the Tarasenka Pankiv Fund through a bequest (a directive in her will) that continues to support LA Opera productions, including the upcoming presentation of Tosca.

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Why I Give: Steve McGinty

Steve McGinty

Steve McGinty

Steve McGinty is a computer software engineer, who spends his days providing technical support to commercial users of mainframe products. Outside of work, Mr. McGinty has a passion for opera, which has long been an important part of his life.

“Once a person has been exposed to opera, it can have a tremendous impact on their life,” says Mr. McGinty.

Mr. McGinty has been a season subscriber at LA Opera for many years and generously supports the company through annual contributions.

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Ends Soon! Your Chance To Win Tickets to Netrebko and Eyvazov In Concert

Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov

Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov

As a nonprofit, everything we do—on stage and throughout the community—is made possible by the generosity of supporters like you, who value the impact the performing arts have on the cultural fabric of Los Angeles.

When you make a tax-deductible donation by this Saturday, December 31, you will be entered for a chance to win:

  • Two tickets to Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov in Concert on May 4, 2017
  • Verismo, Anna Netrebko’s new album, on compact disc

A donation of any amount will help LA Opera and enter you for a chance to win this exciting giveaway. But hurry, this opportunity ends soon!

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Why I Give: Stuart and Rebecca Bowne

Stuart and Rebecca Browne

Stuart and Rebecca Bowne

Stuart and Rebecca Bowne have subscribed to LA Opera since 1995. “While we both absolutely love opera, our experience and relationships with this particular company have enriched our lives in ways we could not have imagined,” said Mrs. Bowne.

“We travel around the world to see opera – but it is here, in our home town, that we experience the most meaningful moments and heartfelt connections.”

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GIVING TUESDAY: MY OPERA EXPERIENCE

 

Giving Tuesday: My Opera Experience

The following is a personal story from Clemence Yi, an 8th grade student, who has participated in LA Opera’s education programs. As a non-profit organization, LA Opera relies on donations from individuals like you to fund programs that introduce students like Clemence to opera and ensure the art form thrives for generations to come.

Help make programs like these possible. Visit LAOpera.org/Donate

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GIVING TUESDAY: HELPING ME GET KIDS EXCITED ABOUT OPERA

Jessica Insco (center) with Stacy Brightman, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement and Nathan Rifenburg, Education Manager

Jessica Insco (center) with Stacy Brightman, Vice President of Education &
Community Engagement and Nathan Rifenburg, Education Manager

The following is an article written by Jessica Insco, a fine arts teacher, who participated in Opera for Educators. This program is designed to equip educators with tools that help foster a love of the performing arts within students in schools across Los Angeles.

Help make education programs like this possible.  Visit LAOpera.org/Donate

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GIVING TUESDAY: 5 REASONS TO SUPPORT LA OPERA

Share Next Tuesday marks the fifth annual Giving Tuesday, a nationwide day of giving back, following the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping holidays. As a non-profit organization, LA Opera relies on donations from individuals like you to produce world-class … Continue reading

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Paul and Marybelle Musco Matching Gift Challenge

Paul and Marybelle Musco; Photo: Steve Cohn

Paul and Marybelle Musco; Photo: Steve Cohn

Continuing their family tradition of encouraging support for LA Opera during the holidays, Paul and Marybelle Musco have announced a matching gift challenge.  Any donation received by December 31 will be matched $2 for every $1 donated up to $500,000.

For Paul and Marybelle Musco, supporting opera is an integral part of their lives. As a boy growing up in Rhode Island, Paul’s Italian immigrant parents were opera lovers and insisted that their children gather around the radio for the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. “I guess it was osmosis, because I came to love opera and it has stayed with me personally ever since,” he recalls.

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5 Benefits of Being A Member of The Friends of LA Opera

Benefits of Membership

As a non-profit, LA Opera relies on the generous contributions of our donors to make the opera magic happen. By becoming a member of the Friends of LA Opera, you’re helping us bring opera to life, while also enjoying exclusive benefits that help make your opera-going experience that much more memorable.

Members receive behind-the-scenes access and other exclusive privileges. Below are a few of their favorites:

  1. Tickets to final dress rehearsals – Members receive complimentary tickets to select final dress rehearsals of performances, such as Macbeth and The Tales of Hoffmann, starring opera superstars, such as Diana Damrau, Plácido Domingo, and more!

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What Interning at LA Opera Meant To Me

Cristian Perez

“You go to school for theatre? Like acting? I didn’t know people went to school for that,” said the flight attendant, a bright-faced, tall woman. Her smile glowed with the same intensity that mine receded. I was on my way to the 2017 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and our flight was due to land in Hawaii in just about two hours. The view underneath me was shifting from the blue tinge of ocean water to the mossy greens and browns of island life.

Yet, the excitement that was boiling inside me just mere moments ago, vanished with the sound of her words. Was my career path the right one? Did I really want to pursue a career in the arts? These are sentiments to which any student in the arts terrain can relate to. Feelings of uncertainty, low self-confidence, and doubt are a poison which sadly follows every creative spirit. I am conscious that a career in the arts means a challenge: a challenge to truly find one’s place within the world of creative exploration. As a Creative Literature and Theatre Performance double major with a minor in Latino Studies (all fields in the humanities), I have made my choice: the arts.

There is no question that the arts field presents a tough road; its fast paced nature and extreme competitiveness makes it a constant challenge to thrive. However, it is due to opportunities such as the one I’ve had this summer that my dream continues to gleam with zeal. Interning at LA Opera has been an absolute blessing for me.

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