I have known Lotfi Mansouri as a mentor, colleague and friend for 46 years.

Lotfi actually was the Stage Director for the opera Girl of the Golden West, (the first opera I ever worked on), as Assistant Stage Manager for Vancouver Opera.

Over this passed week many friends, colleagues, and even people I do not know have asked on Twitter and Facebook to know more about Lotfi.

For me, the best way to get to know Lotfi is to listen and watch him speak about his career/life in opera in “his own words”.

Here we go “kiddo”: (Lotfi always called me “kiddo”)

Lotfi’s passion was “bringing opera to people and people to opera”, and especially showcasing young up and coming opera talent which we did together with his last production of VIVA VERDI at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland. http://wp.me/pVjZw-kQ

Please celebrate Lotfi’s amazing legacy by donating to the San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program http://sfopera.com/Merola-Opera-Program.aspx  and/or to Canadian Opera Company’s COC Ensemble Studio, http://www.coc.ca/aboutthecoc/companymembers/EnsembleStudio.aspx