LA Opera Supporter Jeffrey Sobel was introduced to opera, he says, through the “loving foresight of my parents, who always believed that early and consistent exposure to the arts would enrich my experience of life.”
Sobel remembers his first opera, The Bartered Bride, and feels it was a “wise parental choice for its lighthearted alternative to opera’s frequent offerings of the lurid, violent and tragic (whose ingredients now add zest to my mature palate!).” His favorite LA Opera productions include Verdi’s Rigoletto, Aida, La Traviata, and Gounod’s Faust.
In addition to his parents, Sobel’s middle school teacher, the late Barbara Patton, played an important role in his early musical education. Ms. Patton would provide extra credit to students for their critiques of opera radio broadcasts, and she even brought her class to the Shrine Auditorium in 1959 for a class field trip to see Dorothy Kirsten in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, preceding a class discussion comparing the students’ own impressions with newspaper reviews.
In speaking of his exposure to opera, Sobel says he feels “truly blessed as the recipient of such a life-enhancing gift and deepest gratitude to those who provided it!” He thinks that opera is the supreme form of entertainment in its total blending of the arts, and it provides him with “an immensely satisfying experience.”
Sobel also believes that opera is for all people to enjoy and feels obliged to share it with others through his financial support of LA Opera. As a non-profit, LA Opera relies on charitable contributions to continue producing world-class opera and promoting the art form through education programs.
“When you make a contribution, it is both for yourself and for everyone else… nothing can be counted as insignificant,” says Sobel. “As they say, the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can set off cosmic vibrations.”
Through giving to LA Opera, Sobel has found that he is able to promote the sharing and growth of opera, one of the foundations of a city’s culture. As he remarked, “even if it is for one other person… you’ve opened a world for that person.”
To make a tax-deductible contribution and join Sobel in supporting the future of opera in Los Angeles, click here.LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.