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Lyric “Fantasy of the Opera” Review –Songs and Pearls Amidst the Lanterns

By Amy Munice

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Dressed to the nines, with many men and women alike sporting playful Mardi Gras faux pearls, the Lyric Opera’s supporters came out in style to be regaled in a Madama Butterfly-themed Japanese lantern ballroom. 



This was “Fantasy of the Opera”, an important fund raising event for Chicago’s beloved Lyric Opera.


With delicious Asian-themed food, the guests trickled into the lantern-clad foyer area where a band played background music.  


An aggressive silent auction was happening in the lobby. 



Cocktails were overflowing—champagne, sake and more.


Dubbed “the hottest party in the coldest month”, “Petals and Pearls”, the name for Lyric’s “Fantasy of the Opera” benefit was indeed a party.



People watching couldn’t be beat – finery and black tie galore. 



At one point the band stepped aside and the Taiko Legacy drummers began a thunderous demonstration in the center of the lobby aka Japanese Garden.




Following, came a cabaret of songs



where many of the Lyric’s stars put their mark on Broadway tunes ranging from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening”



to Kay and Gordon’s “That’s Life”



to the city’s signature song “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) by Fred Fisher.



The real celebration of course is every time the Lyric performs.



For a schedule of upcoming performances visit the Lyric Opera website or call 312.827.5600.


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Photos:  Peter Kachergis





Published on Feb 11, 2014

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