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Summer 2014 Message from the President

League President Kathy Crandall reports on current League activities

As my first year as Opera League president draws to a close, I want to recognize and thank the great team I have! In January, Diane Gray put on absolutely the best Preview ever, attended by nearly 400 attendees who thoroughly enjoyed the event. February saw AALAO sponsor a superb seminar on William Grant Still for Black History month at the lovely home of Beverley Clarkson. Thanks to Allan Edmiston and Mirjana Mahnovski, we enjoyed a remarkable seminar on Lucia di Lammermoor that explored two centuries of bel canto singers. In the spring, Brita Millard led groups to see two different operas in San Diego.  She also collaborated with Helen Porter to run a special event on Streetcar Named Desire at UCLA.  The month culminated in a truly magical Peter Hemmings Award Dinner. Nearly 190 guests honored our beloved Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon. We give special thanks to Marlene Chavez and the Hemmings Award team for a flawlessly executed event. And finally, we thank the BRAVO interviewers, writers and editors, and the website and Facebook teams for their dedicated and creative work. 

By the time you read this, I hope you will have attended Anne Russell Sullivan’s Greek Musicale on April 27 and the Thaïs Seminar on May 4. More events await you:  the Volunteer Appreciation event on May 28, and the Patron Dinner on June 2. If you volunteer for the League, check with your event chair to ensure that your hours are counted so you don’t miss this special evening with Nino Sanikidze!

We will go to the Hollywood Bowl on July 27 to see Cavaleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. We also plan to attend San Francisco Opera in September to see Norma (with Sondra Radvanovsky) and Susannah (with Patricia Racette and Brandon Jovanovich).


  • The Boutique needs gregarious volunteers to help with selling and managing the boutique. Retail experience is not necessary, though helpful.
  • The Boutique welcomes donations of gently used opera books, CDs and DVDs.
  • Are you proficient with Publishing software, web design, Microsoft Office? We’d love to hear from you.

We also want you to know that we have an endowment fund, and its income provides funding for the League to support our programs. Please let me know if you want to know more about including the Opera League in your estate plan.

I look forward to hearing from you at any time about the League and our activities. Contact me at: president@operaleague.org or 213.972.7220.


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