The Women's Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago presented an elegant opening-night gala at the
Beginning with a reception in the ornate Rice Grand Foyer, 3,400 patrons enjoyed cuisine from Jewell Events Catering. The Graham Room was the scene of a private VIP reception that included Caryn Harris, Opera Ball chairwoman; opening-night chairwoman Rebecca Knight; Lyric creative consultant Renee Fleming; Josephine and Newton Minow; Amelia and Alejandro Silva; Lisbeth Stiffel; and Ashley Wheater. Nearly 700 people attended the Opera Ball, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel on North Columbus Drive. The Atlantic Ballroom's decor, by Heffernan Morgan, was seasonally inspired and included soaring branches with berries and leaves in tones of copper, bronze and gold.
Kenneth Pigott, Lyric president and CEO, welcomed guests and thanked sponsors that included Aon Corp.,
The night continued with dinner and dancing to the Bradley Young Orchestra.
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