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Why I Give: Adele Little

Posted on: March 20, 2019

Three years ago, Little decided to treat herself by subscribing to her first season at LA Opera. She tells us that her commitment to making the lengthy trek for each performance is “one of the best things [she’s] have ever done.”

After traveling via bus from the West Side, she is greeted by our guest services, who accompany her to James Conlon’s pre-performance lectures, which “help a lot to know what to look and listen for,” she says.

Though Little tells us that she has loved every production she has seen, her favorite LA Opera productions have been Salome, Akhnaten, and Satyagraha (we also love that bold list). After learning about the immense care that we have for our costumes and wigs at a donor event, Adele gained a new understanding of the financial support required to make an opera come alive.

“Even though I do not have a lot of money, I do what I can when I can. I always make sure to save $100 to become a Friend, and then anything more than that, I do when I can,” Little said. “I figure, if I am donating $100, and someone else is donating $100, then that all adds up, right?”

She added: “I feel bad that I didn’t donate when I was growing up – I saved everything for retirement, but if I went back and was the same person, I would have donated to the opera.”

Thank you, Adele.

Not only does Adele want Los Angeles to be known for its world-class opera, but she also wants others to learn about how much LA Opera relies on charitable donations. To make a tax-deductible contribution and join Adele in supporting the future of opera in Los Angeles, click here.