The New Orleans Opera Association and the entire theatrical community of our city recently lost an irreplaceable talent and personality. Charlotte Lang, longtime costumer for the Association, died of a heart attack on March 21, 2013, at age 50. Her sudden death sent shock waves throughout New Orleans and beyond. A gifted singer/actress with a wonderful voice, Charlotte was beloved for her onstage portrayals of a wide range of characters. She was universally respected for her expertise in costuming, and she worked tirelessly, not only for NOOA (where she built up our costume stock at the Scenic Studio over the last 20 years), but also for Tulane Summer Lyric, Loyola Opera Theatre, Crescent City Lights Youth Theater, and many other arts organizations. A generous spirit, Charlotte’s interest in performers of all ages and levels of ability went beyond the mundane business of fittings and alterations. She truly cared about every performer and became acquainted with each of their lives as she deftly made sure they looked their best onstage. Charlotte often coordinated rented costumes, but she truly shone when she could build and design original creations – she was simply a genius with needle and thread! We greatly miss her trained eye, her dedication to the arts, her hearty laugh and wicked sense of humor, her amazing stories, and her love of life.
We thank everyone who has contributed to the New Orleans Opera Association in