You don’t always associate opera with the Olympics, but we should be grateful the Games of the XXIII Olympiad took place in Los Angeles or else you might not be reading this article right now. And I might not be sitting in the living room of this beautiful single-story house in Pasadena, right around the corner from the Rose Bowl, with the sounds of KUSC drifting across the polished wooden floors.
For it was leading up to, during, and after the 1984 Summer Games that the evolution of the Opera League was given a kick in the costume trousers. But don’t take it from me. Let’s hear it from one of the League’s first members, Rita Pudenz.
Click here to read Tom Lady’s full article about Rita on OperaLeague.org.
Tom Lady sits on the Executive Committee of the Opera League of Los Angeles and is the editor of BRAVO, the League’s newsletter. By day he works at Yahoo while at night he toils over his own writing projects.LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.