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.

While she was alive, Ms. Colburn underwrote early productions of The Barber of Seville and Madame Butterfly. In addition to supporting Tosca, the Fund has underwritten recent productions of Dido and Aeneas, Bluebeard’s Castle and Norma. For several years, Ms. Colburn underwrote the company’s supertitles to enhance the opera experience for everyone in the audience. (In 2010, the Dunard Fund USA established a perpetual fund for LA Opera’s supertitles in Ms. Colburn’s honor.) Her generosity extended beyond the LA Opera and deep into the world of classical music.

Ms. Colburn’s dedication to the arts and to the community inspired her to establish the Tarasenka Pankiv Fund. She wanted to continue to bring world-class opera to future generations of Angelenos and the Fund will continue to benefit LA Opera in perpetuity through the income it generates.

Of her generous support, Ms. Colburn once said, “I will be proud to have played a small part in a very important cultural contribution to the life of our community.” In fact, she played a starring role in the company’s history.

Know that you know the impact of the Tarasenka Pankiv Fund, when you see it in the Tosca supertitles before the curtain rises on the production opening on April 22nd – give it an extra cheer

Have you considered joining other opera lovers like Tara Pankiv Colburn to ensure that future generations have access to opera in Los Angeles? If you have already included us in your future plans, please let us know so we may say thank you today and include you in the Bella Voce Society.

For more information on how you can leave a legacy so that LA Opera continues to make magic for future generations of Angelenos, please call Nancy Baxter, director of gift planning at 213.972.3141 or email

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