Lyric Opera's Opening Night Gala: Always an elegant affair

The Women’s Board of the world-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago, led by event co-chairs Mrs. Nancy Crown and Mrs. Caryn Harris, hosted the 61st annual Opening Night Gala on September 26. This always-elegant evening began with red carpet arrivals outside the Civic Opera House before more than 3000 guests entered the theatre to enjoy Mozart’s comic masterpiece, “The Marriage of Figaro.”

Immediately following the performance, guests were whisked to the Hilton Chicago for the second portion of the black-tie evening, the grand Opera Ball. Here, nearly 500 guests ascended a majestic staircase to the Normandie Lounge for a cocktail reception  where they mingled with fellow opera enthusiasts. Opera stars in attendance included Adam Plachetka, Christiane Karg, Amanda Majeski, Luca Pisaroni, Rachel Frenkel and conductor Henrik Nanasi.

A dinner followed in the Grand Ballroom where the elegant decor brought gasps from the crowd. Lyric Opera president/CEO David Ormesher welcomed guests and thanks the evening’s sponsors. Lyric’s general director Anthony Freud presented the evening’s opera stars to the sound of heralding trumpets as part of the traditional Grand March. Dinner and dancing followed with music provided by the Stu Hirsh Orchestra.

The event netted $1.1 million for Lyric’s programming.

Notables in the crowd included Renee Fleming, Nikola Mirotic (Chicago Bulls), Sir Andrew and Lady Gianna Davis, Anthony Freud, Sheila and David Ormesher, Nancy and Steven Crown, Caryn and King Harris, Mimi and Todd Mitchell, Renee and Lester Crown, Anne and Christopher Reyes, Shirley and Patrick Ryan, Nancy and Scott Santi, Honorable Corinne and Paul Wood, Jana and Eric Schreuder, Maria Green and Greg Lewis, Susan and Richard Kiphart, Mamie and Greg Case, Lois and Steve Eisen, Don Weaver, Ambassador Ivo Daalder, Honorable Frank Easterbrook, Ambassador Louis Susman and Honorable Diane Wood. (Getty Images)

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