Zev Yaroslavsky joins Los Angeles Opera board of directors

Zev Yaroslavsky, Geoffrey Wharton join @LAOpera board of directors

Having recently ended his long tenure on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, veteran politician Zev Yaroslavsky has now joined the board of another L.A. institution. 

Yaroslavsky has been elected to the board of directors of L.A. Opera, the company's General Director Placido Domingo announced this week.

The former county supervisor is one of the opera's six new board members, including Geoffrey P. Wharton, the former chief operating officer of the L.A. Dodgers and former president of the John McCourt Co., the real estate and construction arm of the McCourt Group. 

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During his time as the supervisor of L.A. County's 3rd District, Yaroslavsky was a vocal supporter of the local cultural scene, especially classical music institutions. He has been instrumental in launching L.A. Opera's radio broadcast series as well as its live video broadcast series "Opera at the Beach."

Other new opera board members include Beatrice Bennett, Dr. Carol E. Cass, Linda Pascotto and Susan Shapiro. 

In a release, Marc Stern, chairman of L.A. Opera's board, said that the new members "are a great testament to the ever-expanding reach and influence of our company and I look forward to working with each one of them."

Yaroslavsky served on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors for two decades. Before that, he was a longtime member of the L.A. City Council.

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