Ann Ziff joins board of Los Angeles Opera

Ann Ziff, chair of @MetOpera in New York, joins board of @LAOpera

Ann Ziff, the noted philanthropist and chair of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, is adding another entry to her roster of Los Angeles board positions.

Ziff has been elected to the board of directors of Los Angeles Opera, the company announced Monday. Other board additions include Michael A. Friedman, former president and chief executive of the City of Hope medical center, and Iman Brivanlou, managing director of the income equities group at the investment management firm TCW.

The three members were approved at a meeting Monday of the L.A. Opera board, the company said.

Last year, Ziff joined the board of trustees of the L.A. County Museum of Art. She has been active with the Metropolitan Opera for years, and in 2010 she gave $30 million to the New York institution, a record sum from an individual.

She is also a trustee of New York's American Museum of Natural History, the New York Restoration Project and other organizations. She is the widow of the late William Bernard Ziff Jr., the publishing executive of Ziff Davis.

"Ann is a dear friend, an inspiring philanthropist and a tireless supporter of the arts," read a statement from Marc Stern, chairman of L.A. Opera's board.

Stern, an executive at TCW, also said that he is "fortunate to have worked closely with Iman [Brivanlou] for many years."

Plácido Domingo, L.A. Opera's general director, welcomed the new members in a statement. "Each new addition to our already excellent board only makes us stronger," he said.

Earlier this year, Zev Yaroslavsky, the former L.A. County supervisor, joined the L.A. Opera board. The company will mark its 30th anniversary during its 2015-16 season, which begins in September.

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