Lyric Opera of Chicago

OPERATHON 2011

Press Release Letterhead
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Lyric Opera of Chicago’s
OPERATHON 2011 on 98.7WFMT
Tune in on
Saturday, Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to midnight – and follow on Facebook and Twitter! 

16-HOUR BROADCAST TO FEATURE A STAR-STUDDED CAST OF SINGERS, CONDUCTORS, AND OPERA INSIDERS –
INCLUDING ANTHONY FREUD, LYRIC’S NEW GENERAL DIRECTOR  

American Airlines, the official airline of Lyric Opera of Chicago
and Bank of America
are proud OPERATHON 2011 cosponsors  

American Airlines on-air auction for trips to
New York, Beijing, San Francisco, and London

This year’s Operathon catalog cover photo features
Lyric’s Creative Consultant Renée Fleming  

On Saturday, October 15, 8 a.m. to midnight OPERATHON 2011, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 32nd annual radio marathon fundraiser, will be broadcast live on 98.7WFMT. The fundraising goal for the day is $425,000, with all proceeds going to Lyric Opera’s education and community-engagement programs.

Lyric’s new general director, Anthony Freud, will make his Operathon debut. Several Lyric stars will make on-air appearances throughout the fundraiser in person or by phone, including Renée Fleming, Lyric’s Creative Consultant and Operathon catalog “cover girl”; Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric’s music director; The Tales of Hoffmann stars Matthew Polenzani, James Morris, and Anna Christy; Lucia di Lammermoor stars Susanna Phillips and Giuseppe Filianoti, and conductor Massimo Zanetti; title-role stars Amber Wagner/Ariadne auf Naxos and Sondra Radvanovsky/Aida; and Show Boat director Francesca Zambello.

Everyone can order and enjoy a range of entertainment premiums and dining certificates, autographed opera souvenirs, merchandise created especially for the event, and flights to New York, Beijing, San Francisco, and London in the American Airlines auction. Lyric supporters may order exclusive merchandise on lyricopera.org or for those wishing to order merchandise and make a donation may call 1.888.726.5700 on Sat., Oct. 15.

OPERATHON 2011 is hosted by Lyric and its 15 Chapters with Dorothy Kuechl (Northwest Chapter) and Peggy Beata (Near North Chapter) serving as co-chairs. The Operathon committee along with 150 Lyric Opera Chapter members volunteer their time to staff the various tasks that day to make this event such a success.

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