Lyric Opera of Chicago

30th Annual Fantasy of the Opera


For Immediate Release:
January 2, 2014


Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Guild Board of Directors presents
the 30th annual


Friday, January 31, 2014 beginning at 6:30 pm

“Petals and Pearls”

Japanese-themed celebration features Lyric stars,
spectacular cuisine, and dressed-to-the-nines guests!
Fantasy Cabaret singers include Christine Brewer,
Ana María Martínez, Brandon Jovanovich, and Eric Owens performing hit songs from Broadway and beyond!

Attendees to enjoy signature cocktails, gourmet cuisine, special performances, delightful dancing, and a fabulous silent auction
and raffle!

Black tie (pearls encouraged!)

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Guild Board of Directors celebrates its 30thFantasy of the Opera in the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive., on Friday, January 31, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  

Fabulous food! Terrific music! Delightful drinks! Great friends! 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 30 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” – featuring drinks, music, and dancing all in the beautiful environs of the historic Civic Opera House.

This year’s theme, “Petals and Pearls,” is inspired by Lyric Opera’s beautiful new production of Madama Butterfly. The lobby will be transformed into a beautiful Japanese garden, and to enhance the evening, special performances and demonstrations will take place throughout the evening – taiko drummers, an origami presentation, and an ikebana floral showcase.

The Cabaret performance in the Ardis Krainik Theatre begins at 8:00pm and features some of the biggest stars from Lyric’s current season. Music director Sir Andrew Davis returns as Master of Ceremonies. Christine Brewer (The Sound of Music), Ana María Martínez (Rusalkaand Otello), Brandon Jovanovich (Rusalka), Eric Owens (Rusalka), Jill Grove (Rusalka), and David Cangelosi (Die Fledermaus and Madama Butterfly) will perform selections from the great American songbook and Broadway classics.

Guests at the $275 general admission level will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres before and after the Cabaret, as well as sushi and sake by Arami. Guests at the$500 VIP level will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and attend a post-Cabaret seated dinner in the William B. and Catherine Graham Room. Guests at the $6,000 Fantasy Table level receive premium reserved dinner seating in the Graham Room, as well as gourmet samplings before and after the Cabaret.

This season’s Fantasy Raffle features American Airlines (Lyric’s official airline) first-class round trips for two to London, business-class worldwide roundtrips for two to any American Airlines destination, and business-class roundtrips for two to Tokyo. Other prizes are Majorica pearls and an oriental rug.

The Fantasy Silent Auction (held in the Nancy W. Knowles Lobby) features an enticing array of specialty items. Highlights include a Chicago Blackhawks Fantasy package with premium tickets to a game, a Zamboni ride, a post-game locker room visit, signed hockey sticks, and a photo with a player; a Cigar Package with premium cigars, accessories, and a fifth of Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban single malt scotch; a Louis Vuitton handbag; and getaways to London and Washington, D.C. Guests will be able to bid using their personal communication devices or one provided for the evening.

After the Cabaret, all guests will sample Izakaya sushi and sake downstairs in The Wine Cellar, also known as the Opera Club. VIPs and Sponsors will enjoy a royal seated dinner, in the Graham Room for VIPs or in a private opera box for Sponsors, prepared by Limelight Catering. Guests will enjoy dancing to music performed by Rendezvous in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer, with Japanese-inspired décor by Event Creative. And you never know who may grab the mic to sing with the band!

Fantasy of the Opera is made possible by deeply appreciated support from the following: Golden Grand Benefactors Anonymous, Bain & Company, closerlook, inc., Jenner & Block LLP, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Jordan II/Jordan Industries, Richard P. and Susan Kiphart, KPMG LLP, Mayer Brown LLP,Blythe Jaski McGarvie, Kenneth R. Norgan, Spencer Stuart, United Scrap Metal, Donna Van Eekeren Foundation; Silver Grand Benefactors Anonymous,Eisen Family Foundation, Greg and Ann Jones/The Edgewater Funds, Jones Lang LaSalle, Allan and Elaine Muchin, Quarles & Brady LLP, Alan Schriesheim and Kay Torshen, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Underwriters Laboratories, Anne Zenzer and Dominick DeLuca. The Fantasy Raffle Sponsor is American Airlines, the official airline of Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Fantasy of the Opera Chairman: Eben Dorros
Fantasy of the Opera Raffle Chairman: Ms. Barbara Gallacher
Guild Board of Directors President: Ms. Britt M. Miller

All proceeds benefit Lyric Opera of Chicago. Valet parking is complimentary to all guests. To make a reservation and for more information, visit or call (312) 827-5656.