Why I Give: Rosanne Karlebach

Rosanne Karlebach has always loved opera and has donated to LA Opera for many years. She grew up in a very operatic household, as generations of her family members had experienced the joys of the art form. Ms. Karlebach even jokes that her mother used to take her to the opera instead of hiring a babysitter.

 John Treleaven as the title character in Siegfried (2009); Photo: Monika Rittershaus.

John Treleaven as the title character in Siegfried (2009); Photo: Monika Rittershaus.

Ms. Karlebach described her mother as an enthusiastic fan of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, who would often travel across the country to attend productions. Now, as an adult, Ms. Karlebach often brings friends to the opera, sometimes introducing them to classics like Carmen, or at most, three hours of the Ring Cycle. “I took a friend to one night of the LA Opera Ring Cycle, and she was fascinated, it was absolutely gorgeous.”

Kids at Saturday Mornings at the Opera

Kids at Saturday Mornings at the Opera

Ms. Karlebach feels that opera has the ability to appeal to all ages. She says, “I want young people to experience opera through the company’s education programs, so they can understand and appreciate it as they get older.” Ms. Karlebach feels very fortunate to have been exposed to opera most of her childhood (especially in her teenage years) and it is because of this that she has supported LA Opera for many years.

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