Panache Privee

Lyric Opera's  Fantasy of the Opera

Event chair Jim Staples, co-chair Linda O'Bannon, and general director William Mason.

Britt M. Miller, Fantasy Raffle chairman, with fellow Guild Board member Mary Pat Hay.
Fantastic feathered masks, giant scarlet lampshades, zebra-print table linens, citrus-filled vases topped with palm fronds, and sheer tropical curtains set the scene for “Carnivale!”, the 23rd annual Fantasy of the Opera Gala benefit hosted by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Guild Board of Directors at the Civic Opera House on February 3.

Early in the evening, an array of tasty morsels prepared by some of Chicago's top chefs enticed the capacity crowd of 610 ticket-holders for the sold-out fundraiser. Many enjoyed mojitos, caipirinhas, and other exotic beverages garnished with illuminated ice-cubes while they perused the silent-auction tables and made bids. Many also enjoyed wearing the brilliant-colored and whimsically shaped masks that adorned tabletops throughout the opera house.

The Fantasy Cabaret showcased the non-operatic musical talents of Lyric artists Sir Thomas Allen, Isabel Bayrakdarian, David Cangelosi, Anna Christy, Elizabeth DeShong, Nathan Gunn, Patricia Racette, and Dale Travis, who sang selections by Berlin, Bernstein, Gershwin, Flanders & Swann, Lerner & Lowe, Mercer & Arlen, and Sheer. Lyric's music director, Sir Andrew Davis, was master of ceremonies, and pianist Craig Terry accompanied the singers. A buffet dinner and dancing followed.

The evening raised a record-breaking $550,000. James A. Staple and Linda Curtis O'Bannon, M.D.  served as event co-chairmen.

Carter Levey, Susan Payne, Silvano and Anna Zamparo.

Chris Spooner, Bruce and Ann Piller, and Lyric Board of Directors member
Brian Stephens.

Vicki and Bill Hood.

Kathy Wright and Michael Jones.

Stephanie and Harlan Irvine with Barbara and Ted Rouse.

Peer and Sarah Pedersen, Bert Meers, Monica and Erik Pedersen.

Bruce Baker, with Ron and Paula Mallicoat.

Irina Kaushansky.

Kip Kelley II and Dr. Sarah Kelley.

Jerry Roper, Catherine and Jeff Yehle, and Carrie Shea.

Joe and Mary Clare Starshak with  Chrissy Gentile and Christopher Carlson.

Images 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12:  Robert Kusel/Lyric Opera of Chicago;
Images 1, 2, 4, 7, 10, 11, 13:  Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago
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