Lyric Opera of Chicago

Get a jump on Valentine’s Day!

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For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Get a jump on Valentine’s Day!
Lyric Opera of Chicago Guild Board’s
Saturday, February 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“Hearts Afire”


 Sumptuous mid-winter celebration features Lyric stars,
 top restaurateurs, chefs, and Godiva Chocolates!
Capacity crowd of 640 guests expected to enjoy
decadent gastronomic delicacies, red-hot cabaret,
“Go-Diva!” Chocolate Lounge, delightful dancing,
and a fabulous silent auction and raffle!
 Black tie & hearts-afire attire – shades of red, hot pink encouraged!


Fantasy of the Opera Chairman: Oscar Tatosian (Chicago)
Fantasy of the Opera Co-chairman: Monica Pedersen (Highland Park)
Fantasy of the Opera Raffle Chairman: Joan Solbeck (Chicago)
Fantasy of the Opera Silent Auction Chairman: Nancy Temple (Chicago)
Guild Board of Directors President: Elaine Cottey (Chicago)


Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Guild Board of Directors celebrates its 26th Fantasy of the Opera in the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive., on Saturday, February 6, 2010, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 


Fabulous food! Terrific music! Great friends! The Fantasy of the Opera is presented by the Lyric Opera Guild Board of Directors, and has been heating up Chicago’s winter social scene for 26 years while raising important funds to benefit Chicago’s own world-renowned opera company. It’s one of Lyric’s most exciting and elegant events – truly “the hottest party in the coldest month,” which makes this year’s theme, “Hearts Afire,” especially appropriate!

Guests at the $400 per-person black-tie fundraiser will begin the evening with specialty cocktails or champagne and gourmet hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of Chicago’s top restaurants: Carnivale, Coco Pazzo, Devon Seafood Grill, Il Mulino, Lloyd’s Chicago, Lockwood Restaurant, N9NE Steakhouse, One North Kitchen & Bar, Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, Piccolo Sogno, primebar, Prosecco, Province, and Shikago Restaurant.


This season’s Fantasy Raffle features American Airlines (Lyric’s official airline) round trips for two to Paris (business class) and round trips for two (business class and first class) on American Airlines to any destination in the world; and a six-month membership at The Spa at Trump Tower.


This season’s Fantasy Silent Auction (held in the Nancy W. Knowles Lobby) features a 4-night stay at Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado, including ski passes and equipment rental; a dinner and fireworks spectacular at the exclusive Independence Day celebration at the Chicago Yacht Club; a chic and practical Prada hobo bag; plus an enticing array of weekend getaways, luxury items, sports-event tickets, opera tickets and memorabilia, and more. 

The Cabaret performance in the Ardis Krainik Theatre begins at 8 p.m. and features stars of Lyric’s current and previous seasons. Music Director Sir Andrew Davis will serve as Master of Ceremonies;  Nicole Cabell (Elixir of Love), David Cangelosi (Tosca), Mark Delavan (Cav/Pag), Susan Graham (The Damnation of Faust), Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, and  Philip Kraus (The Marriage of Figaro), Joseph Kaiser (Faust), and members of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center will perform selections from the great American songbook, Broadway classics, and light operatic fare.


After the Cabaret, guests will enjoy a festively elegant seated dinner prepared by Calihan Catering. At 10 p.m. the “Go-Diva” Chocolate Lounge opens in the lower-level Opera Club. Liqueurs and specialty coffees will be served, along with sweet indulgences courtesy of Godiva Chocolatier. Guests will enjoy dancing to music performed by Ken Arlen’s Indigo in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer, with sizzling décor by Kehoe Designs.


Fantasy of the Opera is made possible by deeply appreciated support from the following: Platinum Grand Benefactor and Lead Sponsor: Harris Private Bank; Golden Grand Benefactors An Anonymous Donor, Bain & Company, Baker & McKenzie, closerlook, inc., Deloitte., Ernst & Young LLP, Jenner & Block LLP, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Jordan II/Jordan Industries, Richard P. and Susan Kiphart, KPMG LLP, Mayer Brown LLP, and Donna Van Eekeren; Silver Grand Benefactors An Anonymous Donor, Eisen Family Foundation, James G. and Laura G. McCormick, Allan and Elaine Muchin, Peer Pedersen, Spencer Stuart, and Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP; and Benefactors BBJ Linen and Quarles & Brady LLP. The Fantasy Raffle Sponsor is American Airlines, the official airline of Lyric Opera of Chicago.


All proceeds benefit Lyric Opera of Chicago.


Valet parking is complimentary to all guests.  To make a reservation and for more information, visit\fantasy or call (312) 827-5656.


For a sneak peek at some hot silent-auction items that are Lyric exclusives, go to