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 Lyric Opera of Chicago Opening Night & Opera Ball

Limousines outside the Civic Opera House.

A capacity audience of over 3,500 attended the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Opening Night Gala Benefit performance of Verdi's La traviata at the Civic Opera House on September 29. Over 800 guests attended the sold-out Opera Ball at the Hilton Chicago. More than $600,000 was raised by the Women's Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Opening Night chairman was Lili Gaubin.  Mrs. Jerry K. Pearlman was Opera Ball chairman.

The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer.

Lyric general director William Mason and his wife, Diana Davis.

Opening Night chairman Lili Gaubin, Women's Board president Maxine Farrell, and Opera Ball chairman Barbara Pearlman.

Maggie Daley and Mayor Richard M. Daley with legendary soprano Renata Scotto (center), director of La bohème at Lyric.

Soprano Elizabeth Futral (Violetta in La traviata) with William Osborn, president and CEO of Northern Trust, cosponsor of the Opera Ball and his wife Cathy.

Joan and Andrew McKenna with Patrick G. Ryan, founder and executive chairman of Aon Corp., Opening Night gala sponsor and his wife Shirley.

Roberta and Robert Washlow, representing The Port, Washlow, and Errant Families, production cosponsors of La traviata.

Allan Bulley and Suzette Bross Bulley, vice chairman, Opera Ball.

La traviata production cosponsor Nancy Knowles and Mary Ann Malloy.

Traviata conductor Bruno Bartoletti, Maxine Farrell, Women's Board member Renée Crown.

Orin and Michele Winick.

Jacqueline and Michael Ferro, sponsors of the Grand March at the Opera Ball.

Renata Scotto and Bruno Bartoletti, Lyric's artistic director emeritus.

Jerry and Barbara Pearlman, Miles White, president and CEO of Abbott, a Traviata production cosponsor with his wife Kim.

Catherine Graham, Women's Board member; Paula and Jerome Chiecchio, Lili Gaubin.

Women's Board member Liz Stiffel.

Dr. Thelma Evans and Hon. Timothy Evans.

Madeline Rosenberg, Sharon Martin, Renée Crown and Lynne Weinberg.

Robert and Roberta Washlow with Cherie and Neil Small.

Sam and Honey Skinner.

Women's Board members Shirley W. Ryan and Alison W. McNally, vice chairman, Opening Night.

Joan McKenna, Shirley Ryan, Lee Bienen, Maggie Daley.

Photos: Image 2-6, 10, 14, 22: Dan Rest; Image 1, 7-9, 11-13, 16-17, 21, 23: Cheri Eisenberg; Image 15, 18, 20: Robert Kusel
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