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New Year's Message From the President

Kathy Crandall reports on current League activities

This has been an amazingly
busy and event-filled fall. I am pleased that our new seminar times resulted in remarkable attendance at our presentations on Einstein on the Beach and Falstaff. Our speakers were thoroughly engaging, and we left having greater understanding and appreciation of these operas. Our master Class with Tito Capobianco was highly involving and educational for the 140 attendees and the four Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists. Our fall membership drive during the run of Falstaff, staffed by dozens of terrific volunteers, ran smoothly. As underwriters for Falstaff, the League was given great assistance by LA Opera in the membership drive. We plan a couple of activities to welcome all our new members. Would you like to help us?


And that’s not all! AALAO had an overflow crowd for their Fall Recital. India Carney dazzled the AALAO audience. Backstage magic was a smashing success with over 200 members attending. We were dazzled by the cleverness of the silent movie techniques and projections that prepared us to embrace The Magic Flute with new eyes. We ended our fall with a splendid musicale, graciously hosted by Anne Combs at her lovely home.


We will start 2014 with the Annual Preview, followed by exciting plans for the upcoming season. I am thrilled that the League will honor Richard Seaver music Director maestro James Conlon at the Peter Hemmings Award Dinner on March 30. Our orchestra has become the envy of opera companies worldwide, thanks to his inspired leadership.


Other plans include train trips to San Diego Opera to see productions of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (march 16) and Massenet’s Don Quixote (April 13), two rarely performed operas with superb casts. Other special League events will include scholarly seminars on Lucia di Lammermoor and Thaïs; a spring musicale; and one or two special events still in the planning stages. Be sure to read our new eBRAVO when it arrives in your inbox for timely and important information for upcoming events.


Consider joining our volunteer team. It includes about 25% of our members, who work from five to 500+ hours a year for the League on behalf of LA Opera. Volunteers gain a stronger bond with other members, learn more about opera and help the League to carry out its mission. An important perk of volunteering, for those with adequate hours, is receiving tickets to dress rehearsals.


What special needs do we have? We need help from those with retail experience, Facebook and other Social media know-how, accounting, website development, administrative and organizational skills, graphic arts, newsletter writing and editing ability. Love to work with kids? Want to help welcome new members? Do I have a job for you! A bit shy and don’t really know anyone? Neither did I! I tentatively raised my hand to volunteer, and before I knew it I was writing a President’s message! Please contact me at: president@operaleague.org, or leave a message on the hotline: 213.972.7220. Don’t hesitate to contact me whenever you have an idea – I love ideas!



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