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Table of Contents


IN THIS ISSUE Rigoletto – pp. 20-34

6 From the General Director 21 Synopsis 40 Patron Salute

8 From the Chairman 23 Cast 43 Aria Society
10 Board of Directors 24 Artist Profiles
52 Breaking New Ground
11 Women’s Board/Guild Board/Chapters’ 30 Opera Notes
53 Look to the Future
Executive Board/Young Professionals/ 34 A Talk with the Director
Ryan Opera Center Board 54 Major Contributors – Special Events
35 After the Curtain Falls
12 Administration/Administrative Staff/ and Project Support
Production and Technical Staff 36 Musical Staff/Orchestra/Chorus
55 Lyric Unlimited Contributors
14 Juggling Act: Anthony Freud at Lyric – 37 Backstage Life
Part Two 38 Artistic Roster 57 Ryan Opera Center

20 Tonight’s Performance 39 Lyric and Social Media 58 Ryan Opera Center Alumni
Around the World

JUGGLING ACT: 59 Ryan Opera Center Contributors

ANTHONY FREUD 60 Planned Giving: The Overture Society

AT LYRIC – 61 Commemorative Gifts

PART TWO 62 Corporate Partnerships

pp. 14-18 63 Matching Gifts, Special Thanks and
64 Annual Individual and
Foundation Support
71 Facilities and Services/Theater Staff
Top of this page: Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto at San Francisco Opera, 2017.
On the cover: "La Mattinata Agonizante," painted in 1912 by Giorgio de Chirico. Credit: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome.

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From the General Director

Is there any composer who invigorates an opera audience more than Giuseppe Verdi? No Verdi score is graced more abundantly
with unforgettable melodies than one of the greatest masterpieces of his “middle period,” Rigoletto. Whether you’re hearing this opera
for the first or the hundredth time, you’ll have “La donna è mobile,” “Caro nome,” and all the other gems in your memory for days
after the performance – they’re simply irresistible.
Like all the most popular Verdi works, Rigoletto has always been part of my

operagoing life. From my very first experience of it to today, I’ve never failed to
be riveted by the story of the hunchbacked court jester. It’s impossible to remain
unmoved as we witness how this man’s desperate need to protect his innocent
daughter and his overwhelming desire for revenge lead to tragic catastrophe for them
both. Few characters in the repertoire make such a devastating impact as Rigoletto,
and certainly there are few tenor cads as dangerously charming as the Duke of Mantua
or ingénues more sweetly appealing than Gilda.
Only a truly extraordinary performer can make Rigoletto his signature role in the
major opera houses of the world, and Lyric's Ryan Opera Center alumnus Quinn Kelsey
has been doing just that for the past six seasons. In performances from Oslo and
Zurich to London, Toronto, and San Francisco, Quinn has sung and acted Rigoletto
with both a power and a finesse that recall the greatest interpreters of this hugely
challenging role. Many critics have placed him in the “royal line” of American Verdi
baritones, from Lawrence Tibbett and Robert Merrill to Cornell MacNeil and Sherrill
Joining Quinn onstage at Lyric is fellow Ryan Opera Center alumnus Matthew
Polenzani, world-renowned as one of today’s most distinguished tenors, from whom
we can anticipate a matchlessly elegant Duke of Mantua. A very eagerly awaited debut
this season is that of our Gilda, the young Italian soprano Rosa Feola, who enchanted
Chicago’s opera lovers in Falstaff for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performances two seasons ago. I know hers will be one of the most
impressive international careers of her generation. I’m also delighted at the prospect of two other exceptional debuts – the charismatic
Ukrainian bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Sparafucile) and the captivating young Latvian mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde (Maddalena).
Any Verdi production is immeasurably enhanced when it’s conducted by a musician whose affinity for the style is his birthright.
That is certainly true of one of today’s most sought-after opera conductors, Marco Armiliato, who has been demonstrating his
excellence in Verdi at the Metropolitan Opera for more than two decades, while also making his presence felt in Vienna, Zurich,
Munich, and many other major houses. His collaboration with director E. Loren Meeker (who gave Lyric a dazzling Fledermaus a few
seasons ago), enhanced by the strikingly original stage designs by Michael Yeargan, will yield a production in the great Lyric tradition –
a classic Rigoletto for Lyric audiences to savor.

Anthony Freud
General Director, President & CEO
The Women's Board Endowed Chair

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From the Chairman

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’m delighted to welcome you to Lyric Opera of Chicago.
This season is a particularly varied and distinctive one, launched with great anticipation by our opening production. Following
Gluck’s exquisite Orphée et Eurydice in John Neumeier’s historic new production, our audiences can look forward to masterpieces of
Italian opera in Verdi’s powerful Rigoletto, Puccini’s spectacular Turandot, and Bellini’s captivating I Puritani; French opera, with two
highly contrasting works, Bizet’s exotic The Pearl Fishers and Gounod’s romantic

Faust; a gem of the Mozart repertoire, Così fan tutte; and one of the most thrilling of
all Wagner operas, Die Walküre, the second installment of Lyric’s monumental new
Ring cycle.
Speaking personally, one of the most rewarding aspects of Lyric – not only as
chairman, but as a longtime subscriber and patron – is my joy in introducing family,
friends, and business colleagues to the company and the art form. I hope you’ll
consider doing the same! When I receive out-of-town visitors during the opera season,
I always try to include an evening at Lyric. It’s inevitably a major highlight of their
A Lyric performance isn’t only an opportunity to dress up and go out with your
significant other or with close friends for an elegant evening – it’s also an
unforgettable and rewarding experience of timeless stories set to some of the world’s
greatest music and performed by many of the top artists of our day.
Lyric’s mainstage productions are, of course, the core of every season we present.
I also encourage you to explore the unique activities of Lyric Unlimited, our initiative
focused on community engagement and education. It is one of the ways that the
company stays relevant as a cultural service provider to all of Chicago, whether with
newly commissioned works, community-created performances or the special
programs presented in dozens of public schools all over Chicago every year. The level
of creativity at work in Lyric Unlimited presentations has been truly inspiring, and it has exposed the art form of opera to tens of
thousands of students across Chicagoland.
By presenting opera in new and non-traditional ways, Lyric Unlimited helps to grow and expand our audiences. I invite you to
join me at one of the Lyric Unlimited performances of Fellow Travelers in March or Family Day at Lyric on April 7.
At Lyric, we truly cherish our donors and patrons. We consider each one of you as members of the Lyric family. It can sometimes
be trite to declare, “Every gift counts,” but at Lyric it’s true: you’re going above and beyond what you’re paying for the ticket price.
You’re investing in Lyric, entrusting that we will turn your gift into great art. We take that responsibility very seriously and are
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Many thanks to all of you who play a vital role in ensuring that our great art form and our great company continue to serve
Chicago and the world of opera today and in the years to come.

David T. Ormesher

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Board of Directors
OFFICERS LIFE DIRECTORS Michael T. Foley Don M. Randel
The Honorable Bruce Rauner Edgar Foster Daniels Anthony Freud*+ Elke Rehbock
The Honorable Rahm Emanuel Richard J. Franke Mary Patricia Gannon Anne N. Reyes*
Honorary Chairmen of the Board Edgar D. Jannotta Kristine R. Garrett J. Christopher Reyes
Edgar D. Jannotta George E. Johnson Ronald J. Gidwitz William C. Richardson, Ph.D.°
Co-Chairman Emeritus Robert H. Malott Ruth Ann M. Gillis* Collin E. Roche
Allan B. Muchin James J. O’Connor Brent W. Gledhill*+ Edward B. Rouse
Co-Chairman Emeritus Gordon Segal Ethel C. Gofen Joseph O. Rubinelli, Jr.
David T. Ormesher Robert E. Wood II Howard L. Gottlieb* Shirley Welsh Ryan*
Chairman of the Board Melvin Gray E. Scott Santi*
Lester Crown DIRECTORS Maria C. Green+ Claudia M. Saran
Chairman of the Executive Katherine A. Abelson Dietrich M. Gross* Rodd M. Schreiber
Committee Whitney W. Addington, M.D.* Dan Grossman Jana R. Schreuder*
Anthony Freud James L. Alexander* Carrie J. Hightman Marsha Serlin
General Director, President & John P. Amboian Elliot E. Hirsch Brenda M. Shapiro*
Paul F. Anderson Eric L. Hirschfield Richard W. Shepro
Sir Andrew Davis
Larry A. Barden J. Thomas Hurvis* Eric S. Smith*
Vice President
Julie Baskes* Gregory K. Jones Sarah Billinghurst Solomon
Renée Fleming
James N. Bay, Jr. Stephen A. Kaplan° Pam F. Szokol
Vice President
Melvin R. Berlin Kip Kelley II Franco Tedeschi
James L. Alexander
Gilda R. Buchbinder Fred A. Krehbiel° Mark A. Thierer
Vice President
Allan E. Bulley, III Josef Lakonishok* Cherryl T. Thomas
Shirley Welsh Ryan
John E. Butler Robert W. Lane° William C. Vance*
Vice President
Marion A. Cameron* James W. Mabie* Donna Van Eekeren*
William C. Vance
Paul J. Carbone*+ Craig C. Martin* Roberta L. Washlow
Vice President
David W. Carpenter Robert J. McCullen Miles D. White
Donna Van Eekeren
Richard W. Colburn+ Blythe J. McGarvie
Michael P. Cole Andrew J. McKenna
Paul J. Carbone
Vinay Couto Frank B. Modruson+ William Mason
John V. Crowe* Robert S. Morrison General Director Emeritus
Mary Ladish Selander
Lester Crown* Allan B. Muchin*
Assistant Secretary
Marsha Cruzan Linda K. Myers*
Roberta Lane
Sir Andrew Davis* Jeffrey C. Neal
Assistant Treasurer
Gerald Dorros, M.D.° Amélie Négrier-Oyarzabal
Alexandra Dousmanis-Curtis Sylvia Neil
Ann M. Drake John D. Nichols°
Dan Draper Kenneth R. Norgan
Allan Drebin+ Sharon F. Oberlander
Stefan T. Edlis John W. Oleniczak*+
Lois Eisen Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, M.D.
W. James Farrell David T. Ormesher*+
Michael W. Ferro, Jr. William A. Osborn* * Executive Committee
Matthew A. Fisher Matthew J. Parr + Audit Committee
Renée Fleming* Jane DiRenzo Pigott* ° National Member
Sonia Florian* Jose Luis Prado

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Women’s Board Guild Board of Directors Dr. Gerald Budzik Members at Large
† Nancy S. Searle † James A. Staples Mrs. Linda Budzik Vindya Dayananda
President President Mrs. Robert C. DeBolt Lena Dickinson
† Mrs. Christopher Murphy † Marc Lacher Ms. Ingrid Dubberke Fritzi Getz
Vice President of Board Activities Vice President – Benefit * Mr. Jonathan Eklund Laura Guili
† Caroline T. Huebner † Cathy Wloch Mr. Joseph Ender Joe Michalak
Vice President of Education Vice President – Family Day Mrs. Nancy R. Fifield Shannon Shin
† Mrs. Julian W. Harvey *† Ms. Martina M. Mead Rick Greenman J.J. Williams
Vice President of Fundraising Vice President – Fundraising Dennis C. Hayes
† Mrs. Anne M. Edwards † Maggie Rock Mrs. Mary Lunz Houston The Patrick G. and Shirley W.
Vice President of Special Events Vice President – Membership Virginia Jach Ryan Opera Center Board
† Nathaniel W. Pusey Mrs. Jackie Knight
Silvia Beltrametti Vice President – * Ms. Kate Letarte of Directors
Margot Stone Bowen Membership Engagement Mrs. Carole Luczak Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan
Suzette Bulley † Dorothy Kuechl Judy Marshall Honorary Co-Chairs
Marie Campbell Secretary Ms. Vee Minarich John Nitschke President
Mamie Biggs Case † Ms. Christina M. Rashid Karen W. Porter * Julie Baskes Vice President – At Large
Mrs. Alger B. Chapman, Jr. Treasurer Mrs. Maria Rigolin Janet Burch Vice President – At Large
† Elizabeth O’Connor Cole † Leslie Bertholdt Mrs. Carla Thorpe ^ Philip G. Lumpkin Vice President –
Mrs. Gary C. Comer Vice President at Large Fundraising
Mrs. Nancy Carrington Crown Sustaining Members Sally Feder Vice President –
* Mrs. Lester Crown Allison Alexander * Ms. Julie Anne Benson Fundraising Co-Chair
* Mrs. W. James Farrell *† Patrick J. Bitterman Ms. Marlene R. Boncosky *^ Susan Kiphart Vice President –
Mrs. Michael Ferro † Minka Bosco Mrs. William Hamilton Nominating
Mrs. Matthew A. Fisher Justin Breitfelder * Mrs. Jorge Iorgulescu Jane DiRenzo Pigott Vice President –
§ Renée Fleming Sarah Demet * Mrs. Dorothy Kuechl Nominating Co-Chair
Regan Rohde Friedmann Eben Dorros Lester Marriner ^ Joan Zajtchuk Vice President –
Mrs. Robert W. Galvin Mrs. Amanda Fox * Ms. Jennie M. Righeimer Strategic Planning
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* Mrs. Richard P. Mayer Ms. Joan M. Solbeck * Mrs. Eugene E. White Tamara Conway
Florence D. McMillan * Oscar Tatosian Lawrence O. Corry
Alison Wehman McNally Michael Tirpak Chapter Presidents * Allan Drebin
Mrs. Susan H. Mesrobian Karianne Wardell Barrington Erika E. Erich
*† Mimi Mitchell Ms. Anne Zenzer Mary Robins Anthony Freud
Mrs. Robert S. Morrison Evanston Mary Patricia Gannon
† Mrs. Susan B. Noyes Sustaining Members Barbara Eckel Melvin Gray
* Mrs. James J. O’Connor Mrs. John H. Andersen Far West Mrs. Thomas D. Heath
Mrs. William A. Osborn * Mrs. Gustavo A. Bermudez Judy Marshall Mary Ellen Hennessy
Mrs. Jerry K. Pearlman Mrs. Avrum H. Dannen Flossmoor Area Martha A. Hesse
Mrs. Frederick H. Prince * Robert F. Finke Ms. Sharon Gibson Loretta Julian
Mrs. James C. Pritchard Mrs. William R. Jentes (Jan) Glencoe * Kip Kelley
M.K. Pritzker Chester T. Kamin Anne Ruzicka Jeanne Randall Malkin
* Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes * Kip Kelley Hinsdale Robert C. Marks
Mrs. Ronald A. Rolighed John M. Kohlmeier Joseph Ender Erma S. Medgyesy
Trisha Rooney Mrs. Robert E. Largay Hyde Park/Kenwood Frank B. Modruson
Betsy Bergman Rosenfield * Ms. Britt M. Miller Ms. Vee Minarich ^ Phyllis Neiman
* Mrs. Patrick G. Ryan * John H. Nelson Lake Geneva Susan Noel
Erica L. Sandner Mrs. Lisbeth Stiffel Vivian Fabbro Keenan Gregory J. O’Leary
Mrs. E. Scott Santi R. Todd Vieregg Near North Michael A. Oberman
Mrs. Alejandro Silva Mrs. Jackie Knight Ted Reichardt
Mrs. John R. Siragusa † Executive Committee Northfield Richard O. Ryan
Mrs. Lisbeth Stiffel * Former President Ms. Margareta Brown Richard W. Shepro
Mrs. James P. Stirling Riverside Billie Jean Smith
† Marilynn Thoma Chapters’ Executive Board Mary Kitzberger Salme Harju Steinberg
* Mrs. Theodore D. Tieken Wilmette ^ Nasrin Thierer
† Mrs. Sherie Shapiro Donna Van Eekeren
Mrs. Richard H. Wehman President Mrs. Nancy R. Fifield
Mrs. Robert G. Weiss Winnetka Mrs. Richard H. Wehman
† Mary Robins Jack Weiss
Hon. Corinne Wood Vice President, Community Relations Mrs. Julie McDowell
Mrs. Patrick Wood-Prince † Ms. Erika E. Erich
† Executive Committee Life Members
Vice President, Development * Katherine A. Abelson
Life Members † Mrs. Linda Budzik * Former President
Paula Hannaway Crown Mrs. James W. Cozad
Vice President, Membership Bernard J. Dobroski
* Mrs. A. Campbell de Frise † Ms. Margie Franklin Lyric Young Professionals
* Mrs. Richard W. Durkes Anne Gross
Vice President, Programs Lisa DeAngelis, President * Keith A. Reed
* Jane Duboise Gargiulo † Ms. Claudia Winkler Martha Grant, Vice President
* Mrs. Paul W. Oliver, Jr. Orli Staley
Treasurer Chris Hanig, Secretary * William C. Vance
Mrs. Jay A. Pritzker † Laura Shimkus Marne Smiley, Branding Chair
Mrs. Gordon Segal * Mrs. J. W. Van Gorkom
Secretary Tania Tawil, Events Chair Howard A. Vaughan, Jr.
Jonathon Thierer, Fundraising Chair
* Former President Ms. Judith A. Akers Evan Fry, Membership Chair
† Executive Committee * Former President
Mrs. Gerry Bellanca Lauren Wood, Social Media Chair ^ Team Chair
§ Honorary Member Michael J. Brahill Claudine Tambuatco, YP Outreach Chair

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Anthony Freud, OBE
General Director, President & CEO
The Women’s Board Endowed Chair

Sir Andrew Davis Renée Fleming Drew Landmesser

Music Director Creative Consultant Chief Operating Officer and Deputy General Director
The John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Endowed Chair

Roberta Lane Mary Ladish Selander

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Chief Development Officer

Cayenne Harris Elizabeth Landon Nicholas Ivor Martin

Vice President, Lyric Unlimited Vice President, Human Resources Vice President, Artistic Operations and Labor Strategy
The Chapters’ Endowed Chair for Education

Andreas Melinat Lisa Middleton Dan Novak

Vice President, Artistic Planning Vice President, Marketing and Communications Vice President and Director, Ryan Opera Center
The Ryan Opera Center Board Endowed Chair

Will Raj Rich Regan Michael Smallwood

Vice President, Information Technology Vice President and General Manager, Vice President and Technical Director
Presentations and Events The Allan and Elaine Muchin Endowed Chair

OFFICE OF THE GENERAL Sarah Kull Ana Joyce Jacob Stanton

DIRECTOR Associate Director of Foundation Senior Accountant Assistant to the Vice President,
Anthony Freud and Government Partnerships Lupe Juarez Lyric Unlimited
General Director, President & CEO Jenny Seidelman Payroll Director
The Women’s Board Endowed Chair Associate Director of Corporate Nancy Ko MARKETING AND
Linda Nguyen Irvin   Partnerships Accounting Manager COMMUNICATIONS
Manager, Office of the General Director Pavitra Ramachandran Guirlaine Augustin Lisa Middleton
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Drew Landmesser Coordinator Tom Pels Marketing and Public Relations
Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Payroll Associate Coordinator
General Director Dan Seekman
Sarah Generes Kate Later Staff Accountant
Director, Classical and Crossover Director of Women’s Board Holly H. Gilson
Programming Chelsea Southwood HUMAN RESOURCES Senior Director, Communications
Associate Director of Women’s Board Elizabeth Landon Magda Krance
ARTISTIC Justin Berkowitz Vice President, Human Resources Director of Media Relations
Andreas Melinat Women’s Board Assistant Stephanie Strong Roger Pines
Vice President, Artistic Planning Leah Bobbey Director of Compensation, Benefits, Dramaturg
Cory Lippiello Women’s Board Coordinator and HR Operations Kamaria Morris
Artistic Administrator Blaire Shaffer Jessica Drew Public Relations Manager
Evamaria Wieser Women's Board Assistant Human Resources Associate Andrew Cioffi
Casting Consultant Charity Franco Digital Content Producer
DEVELOPMENT Human Resources Coordinator Amanda Reitenbach
Deborah Hare Anna VanDeKerchove Social Media Associate
Mary Ladish Selander Associate Director of Donor Services
Chief Development Officer Office Coordinator
and Special Events
Zachary Vanderburg Paul Sprecher INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Tracy Galligher Young
Executive Assistant to the Chief Donor Services and Special Events Will Raj Senior Director, Marketing
Development Officer Coordinator Vice President, Information Technology and Audience Development
Benjamin Montalbano Rita Parida Laura E. Burgos
Assistant to the Chief Director, Data Services Director of Audience Research
Development Officer Amy Tinucci Eric Hayes and Analytics
Director of Systems, Reporting, Director, IT Operations Jennifer Colgan
and Donor Records Christina Bledsoe Director of Sales and Advertising
Lawrence DelPilar Stephanie Lillie
Senior Director, Development Systems Analyst Brittany Gonzalez
Donor Records and Reporting Associate Sean Lennon Director of Group Sales
Jonathan P. Siner Hanna Pristave
Senior Director of Planned Giving Systems Administrator Valerie Bromann
Data Analytics and Operations Associate Miles Mabry Manager of Digital Content
Ellen Barkenbush Amanda Ramsey
Director of Individual Giving and Chapters Associate Systems Administrator and Analysis
Prospect and Research Coordinator Elizabeth Finch
Major Gifts Officer Lyric Unlimited Marketing Manager
Cayenne Harris Carrie Krol
Meaghan Stainback Scott Podraza Vice President, Lyric Unlimited
Associate Director of Individual Giving Associate Director of Annual Giving Graphic Design Manager
Sarah Geocaris Meghan Pioli The Chapters’ Endowed Chair Michael Musick
Chapters Coordinator Donor Stewardship Associate for Education E-Commerce Manager
Rachel Peterson Alejandra Boyer Jocelyn Park
Planned and Individual Giving FINANCE Director of Community Programs Creative Project Manager
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Chief Financial and Administrative Director of Learning Programs Marketing Associate, Special Programs
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Daniel P. Moss Aaron Andersen Manager of Audience Programs Marketing Associate, Advertising
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Associate Director of Guild Board Controller Learning Programs Associate
Nicky Chaybasarskaya Rebecca Edmondson
Senior Accountant Backstage Tours Coordinator

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TICKET DEPARTMENT/ Katrina Bachus Richard “Doc” Wren

AUDIENCE SERVICES Jordan Braun Warehouse Coordinator Brian Traynor
Susan Harrison Niemi Elise Sandell Dan DiBennardi Charge Artist
Director of Audience Services David Toulson Assistant Warehouse Coordinator Tim Morrison
Alex Chatziapostolou (Demas) Assistant Stage Directors Michael Murtagh
Sales Manager John W. Coleman Dan Donahue Scenic Artists
John Renfroe Rachel C. Henneberry Justin Hull
Tessitura Manager Rachel A. Tobias Ryan McGovern
Laura Waters Stage Managers Assistant Carpenters Scott Marr
Call Center Manager Wardrobe, Wigs, and Makeup Director
Kelly Cronin Kristen Barrett Anthony Bernardy Kristi Wood
VIP Ticketing Associate Rachel C. Henneberry Adam Gorsky Costume Project Coordinator
Anderson Nunnelley Brian Hobbs
Emma Andelson Daniel Sokalski Robert Hull, Jr. Maureen Reilly
Sebastian Armendariz Peggy Stenger John Ingersol Costume Director
Katarina Bakas Amy Thompson Ray Schmitz The Richard P. and Susan Kiphart
Sharai Bohannon Rachel A. Tobias Jacob Sullivan Endowed Chair
Áine Collins Bill Walters Chase Torringa Lucy Lindquist
Estabon Andres Cruz Sandra Zamora Phil Wilkerson Wardrobe Mistress
Alicia Dale Assistant Stage Managers Carpenters Jessica Doan
Leigh Folta Kate Keefe
Jennifer Gosack Ben Bell Bern
Rehearsal Department Manager Chris Maravich Cecylia Kinder
Virginia Howard Michael Lopez
Erin Johnson Josie Campbell Lighting Director
Artistic Services Manager The Mary-Louise and James S. Aagaard Krystina Lowe
Aleksa Kuzma Kathy Rubel
Steve Landsman Marina Vecci Endowed Chair
Rehearsal Associate Sarah Riffle Tony Rubino
Katelyn Lee Joanna Rzepka
Marisa Lerman Michael Calderone Heather Sparling
Christine Wagner Assistant Lighting Designers Marguerite Scott
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Tina Miritello Rehearsal Assistants
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Mary Kate Von Lehn Music Director Michael A. Manfrin Scott Barker
Claire Watkins The Jannotta Family Endowed Chair Robert Reynolds Tracy Curran
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Director of Vocal Studies Charlie Junke
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PRESENTATIONS AND EVENTS Production Manager – Lyric Unlimited Chantelle Marie Johnson
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Juggling act
General Director Anthony Freud reflects on his Lyric tenure to date
By Roger Pines




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Anthony Freud amid nine
nstage at Lyric, the great achievements
triumphant productions of
his tenure to date: (clockwise) of Anthony Freud’s initial seasons as
Wozzeck, The Marriage of Figaro, general director have been many and
Rusalka, Das Rheingold, varied. The repertoire has encompassed everything
The Passenger, The Magic Flute, from Mozart and Wagner to Mieczysław Weinberg
Don Giovanni, El Pasado Nunca and Alban Berg.
Se Termina, and Carousel. “I’m proud that we’ve produced three iconic
Mozart works in new productions with great
theater directors,” Freud declares. “In their own

different ways Robert Falls [Don Giovanni],
Barbara Gaines [The Marriage of Figaro], and Neil
Armfield [The Magic Flute] got us to the hearts
of these elusive masterpieces, to a degree that
I found particularly satisfying.”
Two less familiar works, one in its Lyric
premiere and the other heard here in only
three previous seasons, have been significant
successes. “Dvořák’s Rusalka and Berg’s Wozzeck
are recognized as two of the greatest works in
the repertoire, but for different reasons they’re
comparatively rarely performed,” notes Freud.
“With both of those productions, the planets
seemed beautifully aligned. It’s hard to think how
we could have done them any better, in terms of
music-making, theater-making, and the quality
and consistency of the performances.”
Although new works are the highest-risk
artistic and financial undertakings that opera


companies can consider, Freud considers it their

core responsibility to use new works to revitalize
the repertoire. Recalling Lyric’s 60th-anniversary
season (2014/15), Freud is justifiably proud that
the company produced three world premieres. In
their range and scope, these pieces sent a powerful
message regarding Lyric’s stature as the great 21st-
century opera company:

• Pepe Martínez and Leonard Foglia’s mariachi

opera El Pasado Nunca Se Termina: “This
was a Lyric Unlimited initiative with a

commitment to building and developing

relationships with particular communities
– in Pasado’s case, the Mexican and Latino

• Wlad Marhulets and Stephanie Fleischmann’s

klezmer opera The Property: “We took a piece
presented on the mainstage – The Passenger –
and complemented it with a new work, related
both in its subject matter and, to a less obvious
degree, its musical style.”

• Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature: “This

showed our commitment to providing a
service to young people, which we did in
an unexpected way. We engaged a brilliant
young composer/poet/conductor and

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With former Chicago
Bulls star Pau Gasol
and Lyric music director
Sir Andrew Davis.

Anthony Freud with Carlos Tortolero, president of the National Museum of

Mexican Art, and Beatriz Margain, cultural attaché for the consulate general
of Mexico, announcing Lyric’s Midwest premiere of the
mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, 2012.

commissioned from him a story that wouldn’t automatically to both current and new audiences.” Universally beloved shows
be associated with an opera for children, but which actually by Rodgers and Hammerstein represented the right place to
worked extraordinarily well. It engaged young audiences begin, in relation to those pieces’ popularity and what an opera
who saw it all over the city.” company could bring to them.
“I think we’re a better opera company for having produced a
The 2015/2016 season was highlighted by the much- series of musicals,” Freud asserts. “They’ve allowed us to learn a range
acclaimed world premiere of Jimmy López and Nilo Cruz’s of skills that pay dividends when we produce opera. The mechanics
Bel Canto: “I made it clear to our composer and librettist of musicals are generally more complicated than the mechanics of
that someone coming away from a performance of this producing opera. Anybody who thinks the company can back-pedal
opera shouldn’t be wondering why Ann Patchett’s extremely its way through a production of a piece like The King and I couldn’t
distinguished novel needed to be reinvented for the operatic be more wrong! It takes all our skills, plus a wide range of new skills,
stage. With our creative consultant, Renée Fleming, as curator, to successfully produce these large pieces.”
we successfully reinvented the novel rather than adapted it, The experience of producing Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music,
earning its right to be an opera.” Carousel, The King and I, and Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady
Developing Bel Canto in collaboration with its creative has taught Freud and his colleagues how title-specific Lyric’s
team was a particularly exciting experience for Freud. The story ability to sell tickets for the musicals really is. As a result, it’s
(based on the Peruvian hostage crisis of two decades ago) had an clear that “the number of titles from the classic musical-theater
unexpected topicality, presenting a challenge that Freud believes repertoire that could sustain a three- or four-week season in our
the company turned into an important element of the work’s 3,563-seat theater were few and far between. It also isn’t always
success: “We were able to engage our audience in discourse possible to secure permission to do particular pieces when you
about the subject matter, delving into some of the core issues.” want to do them – that limits our range of options still further.
Above all, Freud was thrilled that the opera scored so strongly The more commercial the title, the harder it is to persuade the
with audiences: “So often new work can be distinguished, copyright owners to allow you to produce it.”
accomplished, a feather in the company’s cap, without actually The fact remains that musicals have become a vital part of
being a popular hit. In Bel Canto we checked all the boxes. expanding Lyric’s audience, while providing an income stream
The icing on the cake was that, with the broadcast on PBS’s that helps support the mainstage opera season. “We need to
Great Performances, it brought Lyric back to television screens find a way of exploring repertoire beyond the classic titles,”
nationally for the first time in a quarter-century.” says Freud. “That’s what led us to the decision to do Jesus Christ
During Freud’s tenure, the most important addition to Superstar this season. I’m extraordinarily excited about it. This
Lyric’s annual performance schedule has been the presentation of show takes us in a new direction that I hope will be artistically
a musical. In developing the company’s musical-theater initiative, very satisfying. It also opens up the possibility of reaching
his starting point was not to believe that opera companies audiences for whom that iconic piece has been life-changing. I
should do musicals, “but instead, to consider repertoire suited know they’ll be excited to revisit it on a grand scale at Lyric.”
to this company and this theater that would be of wide appeal Freud’s tenure has also encompassed many special events

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Anthony Freud and Lyric
Anthony Freud with former Women’s Board president Mimi Mitchell chairman David Ormesher
and the honored guest of Wine Auction 2015, David Launay with Sonia Florian,
of Château Gruaud Larose. recipient of Lyric’s 2015
Carol Fox Award.

beyond opera productions. He‘s been particularly enthused “mission drift” in the projects we commit to: “Lyric Unlimited is
by Lyric’s collaboration with The Second City, developed by designed to take us in completely new directions, some of which
Renée Fleming, which he considers “a landmark in changing are radically new, but we should always understand why it’s a
Lyric’s profile, its online presence, and perceptions about Lyric great opera company that is undertaking these projects.”
specifically and opera in general.” Freud vividly recalls the The special challenge Freud will face in coming seasons
night in January 2013 when The Second City Guide to the Opera is to find a way of operating in a business environment that is
made its debut: “Tickets were in such demand that we had to more volatile and unpredictable than ever before. That fact has
floor over the orchestra pit in order to add extra seats into the to be viewed in the context of an art form and an organization
auditorium! We had Renée and Sir Patrick Stewart onstage, that are accustomed to very long, inflexible planning cycles.
alongside the Second City ensemble, artists from Lyric’s Ryan This challenge, both conceptually and practically, is something
Opera Center, and musicians from our orchestra.” Freud and his colleagues are working tirelessly to solve, while
That success resulted in Lyric running the cabaret version delivering opera productions that stimulate audiences with all the
onstage for a month, during the course of which Freud and his excitement they’ve come to expect from Lyric.
colleagues discovered that “here in the opera house we actually Freud has felt gratified and invigorated not only by what
have our own studio theater – the house’s stage itself, which has transpired onstage, but also by the manner in which Lyric
worked so well on that occasion and then for Jane Lynch’s See has evolved as a business. “If you go back ten years,” he explains,
Jane Sing a few seasons later.” Freud was thrilled again by The “you see that Lyric’s line of business was essentially our annual
Second City’s return to Lyric in 2016 for Longer! Louder! Wagner!, opera season. Our ownership of the opera house now enables
which proved a wonderful way of generating excitement about us to identify additional opportunities that increase our breadth
Lyric’s new Ring cycle. and depth of cultural service. It’s now understood that we have
The Second City performances have been presented under five lines of business, and we’re developing a business model to
the auspices of Lyric Unlimited, the company’s hugely successful support them. That’s a radical new way of thinking about this
initiative devoted to community-engagement and education arts organization!”
projects, which was launched in 2012. As Lyric Unlimited moves The five lines of business are mainstage opera, Lyric
from a youth to an adolescent, so to speak, “we constantly need to Unlimited, the Ryan Opera Center, the musicals, and what the
reinvent it and find ways of taking it in new directions,” Freud company now refers to as “presentations and events” – the use
declares. “Its multi-year, multifaceted Chicago Voices initiative, of the opera house for a whole range of different activities. It
for example, encapsulated the concept of ‘Hear Chicago Sing,’ seemed to Freud that “our ownership of the opera house, which
taking as a starting point the desire to celebrate the history of is so rare among U.S. companies, was something we hadn’t
Chicago music-making and the inherent creativity of Chicago developed fully as an opportunity, both in a more conventional
communities. It was a groundbreaking idea, expanded from Renée way – concerts by great classical artists, such as Lang Lang and
Fleming’s ‘American Voices’ at the Kennedy Center and taken Itzhak Perlman – and rock concerts and comedy shows, to
by Renée and Lyric Unlimited to new heights. It’s very true to something like the James Beard Awards, which took place in May
our mission.” Freud does want to ensure that there is minimal at the opera house for the third consecutive year. All of this can

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With Lyric creative consultant
Renée Fleming, holding the
company’s Jeff Award, received
for The Second City Guide With cast members from Lyric's 2014/15 productions of With Second City actress Tawny Newsome.
to the Opera. Porgy and Bess and Anna Bolena.

change how Lyric is perceived around the city. The fact that this is is to deliver to our audiences the most exciting, stimulating,
a building you can come to not just for Lyric productions but also entertaining experiences imaginable, while our audience’s
for a Smashing Pumpkins concert makes people aware around the reference points are constantly changing. We have to understand
city of what a resource the opera house is.” this in planning repertoire and productions.” One example
One product of Freud’s first year in the job was the Freud gives is Bel Canto, “which would have been perceived in
initiation of a strategic-planning process, in which the a completely different way three or four years previously. The
management and board worked together to ask the basic fact that the Paris attacks took place two weeks before the world
questions: Who are we? Why are we here? Where do we want premiere completely changed the way the piece was perceived.”
to go, and how do we want to get there? “Without wanting Every general director of a performing-arts company has
to seem too jargon-y,” Freud explains, “we determined that dreams of what he’d like his or her company to present onstage,
the three core pillars on which our organization was built and Freud is no exception. In looking to the future, he has some
were artistic excellence, relevance, and fiscal responsibility. very specific dreams – early Verdi, for example. He’s also well
Constantly redefining what each of those pillars means is the aware that “in recent years we haven’t done enough Janáček and
heart of my job. What constituted fiscal responsibility when Britten – to me, both of those composers are absolutely in the
we were selling out on subscription is very different from what royal blood line of great operatic geniuses.”
constitutes fiscal responsibility in a much less predictable Freud adores living in Chicago, although when he’s in town
business environment.” (the job requires a good deal of travel in America and abroad),
Freud makes clear that “understanding our communities, his devotion to Lyric leaves him comparatively little time for
our society, how the world we’re a part of can change culturally, other pursuits. “I learned quite early in my career as a general
socially, politically, technologically, and understanding how we director that a life/work balance was an ephemeral concept in
as an organization can achieve the greatest possible relevance to this job, and that actually work was – is – life. It’s impossible
the greatest number of people, is a constantly evolving concept.” to ration your time and your energy in a job like this, since
He applies the same standard to artistic excellence: “Our job it makes extraordinary demands. If you're as lucky as I am to
have a very understanding and patient husband, a former opera
singer and artist manager and currently a freelance dramaturg,

then this job becomes possible and sustainable, as well as a life-

changing experience that defines how you think and how you

Roger Pines, Lyric’s dramaturg and broadcast commentator,

contributes writing regularly to opera-related publications and
recording companies internationally. Since 2006 he has appeared
annually as a panelist on the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts’
With husband Colin “Opera Quiz.”
Ure greeting patrons
on opening night of the
2016/17 season.

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TIME AND PLACE: court. Sparafucile, a professional assassin, father’s pleading. Gilda bursts into the
16th-century Mantua confronts Rigoletto and offers to help scene and Rigoletto orders the courtiers to
should Rigoletto ever wish to rid himself leave him alone with his daughter. Gilda
ACT ONE of an enemy. Once alone, Rigoletto muses confesses that she loves the Duke and begs
Scene 1. The Duke’s palace on the similarity of their professions – her father to forgive him. As Monterone
Scene 2. A street Rigoletto wounding others with his wit, appears on his way to prison, Rigoletto
while Sparafucile uses a knife. swears that they both will be avenged.
Rigoletto returns home and greets
ACT TWO his daughter, Gilda, declaring that she ACT THREE
A room in the Duke’s palace means the world to him. She reciprocates Rigoletto has brought Gilda to
his feelings but questions why he has Sparafucile’s inn to prove the Duke’s
ACT THREE kept her concealed. He fears the courtiers faithlessness. As they lurk in the darkness,
Sparafucile’s inn and warns the housekeeper, Giovanna, the Duke swaggers in. After proclaiming
to guard Gilda carefully. Hearing a noise the fickleness of women, he charms
in the street, he goes out to investigate. Maddalena, Sparafucile’s sister. As the
ACT ONE Gilda confesses to Giovanna that she flirtation progresses, Rigoletto tries to
Scene 1. The Duke of Mantua boasts loves a young man who has followed her comfort his despairing daughter. He
to a courtier, Borsa, about his most home every day after church. The Duke, orders her to return home, disguise herself
recent infatuation. A girl has enchanted who has been eavesdropping on the scene, as a boy, and meet him in Verona. After
the Duke, but ultimately it makes no steps out of hiding and declares his love, striking a bargain with Sparafucile for the
difference to him whether he pursues identifying himself as Gualtier Maldè, a Duke’s murder, he departs.
one woman or another. Wishing to select penniless student. Hearing footsteps, he Gilda, unwilling to follow her father’s
one with whom to spend the evening, rushes off, leaving Gilda thinking lovingly orders, returns to the inn and overhears
he surveys the court and settles upon the of his name. Maddalena begging her brother to spare
Countess Ceprano just as the court jester The courtiers appear, ready to abduct the handsome stranger’s life. Sparafucile
Rigoletto mocks her husband. Another Rigoletto’s supposed mistress. Rigoletto agrees to deceive Rigoletto by substituting
courtier, Marullo, arrives with surprising surprises them by returning, but Marullo the corpse of the next person who appears
news to share with his fellow courtiers: convinces him that they are planning to at the inn. Determined to sacrifice herself
Rigoletto has a mistress. In the meantime, abduct the wife of Count Ceprano, who so the Duke may live, Gilda becomes
the Duke and Rigoletto discuss several lives nearby. Rigoletto falls into their trap Sparafucile’s next victim.
unscrupulous methods of disposing of and in the confused darkness he doesn’t Rigoletto returns and is given a sack
superfluous husbands. Realizing that he is realize that it is Gilda who has been containing a body. Hearing the Duke’s
the object of Rigoletto’s sarcasm, Count kidnapped until she cries out to her father voice in the distance, he frantically
Ceprano arranges for a midnight meeting as she is carried off. Realizing the trick too cuts open the bag and finds his dying
with some of the courtiers to obtain late, Rigoletto cries, “Ah, the curse!” daughter. Begging her father’s forgiveness,
vengeance. The party is interrupted by she dies. Rigoletto cries out once more,
the arrival of the nobleman Monterone, ACT TWO “Ah, the curse!”
who storms in to denounce the Duke for The Duke, unaware of the kidnapping,
dishonoring his daughter. He curses the laments the fact that when he returned to
Duke, and when mocked viciously by Gilda’s house he found it deserted. When
Rigoletto, Monterone turns on the jester the courtiers tell him of the abduction, he
and curses him as well. rejoices that the girl is now in the palace. Approximate Timings
Rigoletto appears, feigning nonchalance. ACT ONE: 55 minutes
Scene 2. Brooding over Monterone’s curse, Once it becomes clear to him that Gilda Intermission: 25 minutes
Rigoletto returns to the secluded house must be with the Duke, he desperately
ACTS TWO and THREE: 65 minutes
where he shields his daughter, Gilda, tries to reach her, but the courtiers hold
from the licentiousness of the Duke’s him back. His fury dissolves into a bereft Total: 2 hours and 25 minutes

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• Scenery, props, costumes, and New-to-Chicago Production

wigs constructed in the
Giuseppe Verdi
San Francisco Opera Workshops.
Melodramma in three acts in Italian
• The Lyric Opera of Chicago Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave,
Broadcasts are generously after the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo (1832)
First performed at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, on March 11, 1851
sponsored by The Richard P.
First performed by Lyric Opera on November 12, 1955
and Susan Kiphart Family,

The Matthew and Kay

Characters in order of vocal appearance:
Bucksbaum Family, and
The John and Jacolyn Borsa MARIO ROJAS*°
Bucksbaum Foundation. Countess Ceprano WHITNEY MORRISON*°
Rigoletto QUINN KELSEY°°
• Lyric Opera of Chicago gratefully Count Ceprano ALAN HIGGS*°
Count Monterone TODD THOMAS
acknowledges the support of Sparafucile ALEXANDER TSYMBALYUK*
The Guild Board of Directors Gilda ROSA FEOLA*
Verdi Endowed Chair and The
NIB Foundation Italian Opera An Usher KENNETH NICHOLS
Maddalena ZANDA ŠVĒDE*
Endowed Chair.


• Projected English titles
© 2000 by Francis Rizzo. Set Designer MICHAEL YEARGAN
Lighting Designer CHRIS MARAVICH
• This season’s projected English Chorus Master MICHAEL BLACK
Wigmaster and Makeup Designer SARAH HATTEN
titles are funded in part by a
Assistant Stage Director JORDAN BRAUN
generous grant from the Stage Manager RACHEL C. HENNEBERRY
Stage Band Conductor FRANCESCO MILIOTO
Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E.
Musical Preparation MARIO ANTONIO MARRA°°
Deutsch Foundation. JERAD MOSBEY
Fight Director NICK SANDYS
Projected English Titles FRANCIS RIZZO
• Lyric Opera of Chicago wishes

to thank its Official Airline, *Lyric debut

American Airlines. °Current member, The Patrick G. and
Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center
°° Alumnus, The Patrick G. and
Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

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P R O F I L E S | L Y R I C O P E R A O F C H I C A G O


(Rigoletto) (Gilda) POLENZANI
Previously at Lyric: Lyric debut (Duke of Mantua)
16 roles since Previously at Lyric:
2003/04, The Italian soprano has 12 roles since
most recently previously triumphed 1995/96, most
Enrico Ashton/ as Gilda at the Zurich recently Tamino/
Lucia di Lammermoor Opera House and The Magic Flute
(2016/17); Count di Luna/ Il trovatore Turin's Teatro Regio. Since winning Second (2016/17); title role/La clemenza di Tito
(2014/15); Germont/La traviata Prize, Audience Prize, and the Zarzuela Prize (2013/14); title role/Werther (2012/13).
(2013/14). at the Operalia competition (2010), she has
rapidly gained worldwide recognition as one The Evanston native, one of today’s
A Ryan Opera Center alumnus and 2015 of the most promising artists of the younger most admired tenors internationally, is
winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly generation. Feola made her American debut reprising a portrayal previously heard at
Sills Award, the Hawaiian baritone is in great with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna
demand for Verdi, Puccini, and French roles Carmina Burana (2012), and has since State Opera. This season, in addition to
internationally. In addition to his celebrated returned to the orchestra for Mozart’s his upcoming Nadir/The Pearl Fishers at
Rigoletto (San Francisco, Toronto, London, Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and Lyric, he will return to the Bavarian State
new productions in Zurich, Oslo, Santa Verdi’s Falstaff. In future seasons she will Opera in Munich (Fernand/La favorite)
Fe, Paris), Kelsey’s achievements in Verdi sing Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi and Gilda and the Met (Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore).
include Germont/La traviata (recently at the Bavarian State Opera, Norina/Don Renowned for his portrayals in both
triumphant at the Met and in his Covent Pasquale conducted by Riccardo Chailly French repertoire and bel canto, Polenzani
Garden debut), the title role/Falstaff (Saito at La Scala, and Liù/Turandot with the has triumphed in Munich and Vienna as
Kinen Festival), Ezio/Attila (San Francisco), Canadian Opera Company. She will also Werther and at the Met as Nadir, the title
Paolo/Simon Boccanegra (Rome), Amonasro/ make her Metropolitan Opera debut. Feola role/Roberto Devereux (company premiere),
Aida (Bregenz, San Francisco), Count di recently made her debut at Teatro alla Scala and Leicester/Maria Stuarda (company
Luna/Il trovatore (Dresden, San Francisco), as Ninetta/La gazza ladra. In repertoire premiere) – the latter three roles were all
and Montfort/Les vêpres siciliennes (new encompassing roles by Mozart (Susanna/ in new productions seen worldwide in
Frankfurt production). This season he The Marriage of Figaro, Zerlina/Don HD. Polenzani recently made his eagerly
returns to the Met for Hansel and Gretel, Giovanni), Rossini (Corinna/Il viaggio a awaited role debut as Rodolfo/La bohème
Il trovatore, and Lucia di Lammermoor. The Reims), Bellini (Elvira/I puritani), Donizetti at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu,
latter work has earned acclaim not only at (Adina/L’elisir d’amore), and Bizet (Leïla/The reprising the role this season in his return
Lyric, but also at the Deutsche Oper Berlin Pearl Fishers), she has been heard at Welsh to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
and Frankfurt Opera. Kelsey’s operatic National Opera; the major houses of Rome, Highlights of his concert appearances
repertoire additionally encompasses Turin, Berlin, and Madrid; Glyndebourne include Messiah (New York Philharmonic)
Sancho/Don Quichotte (Toronto), Zurga/ Festival Opera, and the Salzburg and BBC and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn
The Pearl Fishers (English National Opera), Proms festivals. She released her debut solo (Carnegie Hall). Among Polenzani’s
Athanaël/Thaïs (Edinburgh International CD, Musica e Poesia, accompanied by Iain recordings are Brahms’s Liebeslieder Walzer
Festival, Sir Andrew Davis conducting), and Burnside, in 2015. and three solo discs: live recitals from the
the Forester/The Cunning Little Vixen (Saito Verbier Festival and London’s Wigmore
Kinen Festival, Florence’s Teatro Comunale, Hall, and a studio recording of Liszt songs
both with Seiji Ozawa). He has presented with his regular recital partner, pianist
recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Julius Drake. The tenor is a past recipient
London’s Wigmore Hall, and has performed of two of America’s most prestigious
Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Michael awards for singers, the Richard Tucker
Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Award (2004) and the Metropolitan
Symphony (CD, Grammy winner). Opera’s Beverly Sills Artist Award (2008).

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ALEXANDER Previous career highlights include company Teatro Grattacielo at Avery Fisher Hall
TSYMBALYUK debuts with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as well as Carnegie Hall. His orchestral
(Sparafucile) (Carmen, role debut) and North Carolina appearances include the Orlando
Lyric debut Opera (Olga/Eugene Onegin, concert Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony,
performance). At San Francisco Opera, Topeka Symphony, Chautauqua
The Ukrainian artist, in addition to creating roles in two world Symphony, among many other ensembles.
one of today’s leading premieres (The Handmaiden and The Thomas’s oratorio repertoire includes
basses internationally, Flower/Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Elijah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony,
has made highly successful company debuts Chamber, Lena/Marco Tutino’s Two Brahms’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Verdi’s
in recent seasons at the Metropolitan Women), Švēde has portrayed Maddalena, Requiem, and Ralph Vaughan William’s
Opera, La Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Suzuki/Madama Butterfly, the Maid/ Five Mystical Songs.
the Royal Danish Opera, Covent Garden, The Makropulos Case, Third Lady/Die
the Bolshoi, and the major houses of Zauberflöte, and Flora/La traviata. The MARIO ROJAS
Munich, Berlin, Valencia, Barcelona, and mezzo’s stage repertoire also encompasses (Borsa)
Florence. Highlights of the current season Endimione/Cavalli’s La Calisto, the title Lyric debut
include Tsymbalyuk’s portrayals of Timur/ role/Massenet’s Cléopâtre, and the title role/
Turandot (Met), Fasolt/Das Rheingold Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires. Concert The Mexican tenor, a
(Munich Opera Festival), and Prince engagements have included Beethoven’s first-year Ryan Opera
Gremin/Eugene Onegin (Hamburg State Symphony No. 9 (San Francisco Symphony), Center member, has
Opera, where he was an ensemble member Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, performed as Rodolfo/
for almost a decade). Among his previous and the Mozart Requiem. Švēde recently La bohème at Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas
achievements are roles of Verdi (Ferrando/ completed her final year in the prestigious Artes, and is an alumnus of the San Francisco
Il trovatore at Covent Garden), Donizetti Adler Fellowship program at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Don José/La tragédie
(Raimondo/Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opera. de Carmen, Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore). Rojas
Bavarian State Opera), and Mozart (the has also performed at the SFCM Gala with
Commendatore/Don Giovanni at the TODD THOMAS renowned pianist/coach Warren Jones.
Opéra National de Paris). Tsymbalyuk (Count Monterone) One of the youngest singers ever to
holds the distinction of being the youngest Previously at Lyric: receive the Plácido Domingo scholarship
bass ever to sing the title role/Boris Godunov Iago/Otello (2013/14); from SIVAM (Mexico's most prominent
on a major international stage (the Bavarian Count Monterone/ young-artist program), he has performed
State Opera, a Calixto Bieito production Rigoletto (2012/13). elsewhere in Mexico as Don Ottavio/
conducted by Kent Nagano and released Don Giovanni and Julian/Tomás Bretón’s
on DVD). In concert he has appeared at The American baritone La verbena de la Paloma. In 2015 Rojas
Florence’s Maggio Musicale, singing Verdi’s has repeatedly scored great successes in the received the Marta Eggerth Kiepura Award
Don Carlos and the requiems of Mozart and Verdi repertoire, with appearances last in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation
Verdi. Tsymbalyuk has given a solo recital at season as Simon Boccanegra (Pacific Opera International Vocal Completion, third
St. John’s Smith Square in London and took Victoria), Falstaff (Manitoba Opera), place in the Palm Springs Opera Guild
part in the 20th-anniversary concert charity Amonasro (Pensacola Opera), Rigoletto Competition, the Emerging Singers Award
event “Festliche Gala der Deutschen AIDS (Syracuse Opera), and Renato (Florida in the Opera Index Vocal Competition,
Stiftung” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Grand Opera). In August he reprised his and an Encouragement Award from the
portrayal of Count di Luna/Il trovatore Metropolitan Opera National Council
ZANDA ŠVĒDE at the DomStufen Festival of Theater Western District Auditions. In 2016
(Maddalena) Erfurt (Germany). Among Thomas’s other the tenor was awarded second place in
Lyric debut recent achievements in Verdi have been the East Bay Opera League competition
Iago (Victoria), Germont (Pensacola, and received a grant from the Loren L.
The Latvian mezzo- Chautauqua), and Ronaldo/La battaglia Zachary Society for the Performing Arts.
soprano returns di Legnano (Sarasota). He also recently Mario Rojas is sponsored by the Elizabeth
to the Lyric stage took on Wagner’s formidable Alberich for F. Cheney Foundation.
in November as performances of Das Rheingold at North
Grimgerde/Die Walküre (new production Carolina Opera and made his role debut
conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, directed as Gerard/Andrea Chénier (Erfurt, reprised
by David Pountney). Švēde also makes her in Antibes). He has also been frequently
company debut at Atlanta Opera as Carmen heard as Puccini’s Scarpia (most recently in
and returns to Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Sarasota, Ottawa, and Miami). The New
reprise her portrayal of Verdi’s Maddalena. York native has performed in concert with

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TAKAOKI Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, the R. Nathaniel Dett Club
ONISHI Auditions semifinalist and a 2016 Sullivan NANM Scholarship Competition, and the
(Marullo) Foundation Award recipient, he was an Musicians Club of Women Competition.
Previously at Lyric: apprentice artist at the Santa Fe Opera in The soprano is a two-time recipient of the
Six roles since 2016 (debut as José Castro/La fanciulla del UNCF John Lennon Endowed Scholarship
2015/16, most West, winner of the Katherine Mayer Award and a former finalist in the Luminarts
recently Captain/ for outstanding apprentices). Higgs made his Classical Music Competition. Whitney
Eugene Onegin, professional debut with The Atlanta Opera Morrison is sponsored by J. Thomas Hurvis.
Moralès/Carmen, First Servant/Don in 2014 as the Imperial Commissioner/
Quichotte (all 2016/17). Madama Butterfly, subsequently singing LAUREN DECKER
Antonio/The Marriage of Figaro, Benoit and (Giovanna)
The third-year Ryan Opera Center Alcindoro/La bohème, the British Major/ Previously at Lyric:
baritone, a native of Tokyo, has recently Kevin Puts’s Silent Night, Gregorio/Romeo Third Lady/
received top awards from the Gerda and Juliet, the Mandarin/Turandot, and The Magic Flute
Lissner International Vocal Competition, the title role/Don Pasquale (student short (2016/17).
the Opera Index, Inc. Vocal Competition, production). He earned a master’s degree in  
the Licia Albanese-Puccini International voice at Florida State University (Simone/ A second-year Ryan
Vocal Competition, the Loren L. Gianni Schicchi, Prince Gremin/Eugene Opera Center member, the contralto
Zachary Competition, and the Giulio Onegin, Don Alfonso/Così fan tutte). returns to Lyric’s stage later this season as
Gari Foundation Competition. As the During Higgs’s undergraduate studies at the Schwertleite/Die Walküre and Enrichetta/I
inaugural first-prize winner of the IFAC- University of Florida/New World School of puritani. She will also sing the Verdi
Juilliard Prize Singing Competition in the Arts, he was heard as Guglielmo/Così Requiem with Chicago’s celebrated Apollo
Japan, he received a full scholarship to fan tutte, the Husband/Amelia Goes to the Chorus. Decker spent the summer of
attend The Juilliard School, where he Ball, and Kecal/The Bartered Bride. Alan 2017 at Tuscany’s prestigious Georg Solti
appeared in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Higgs is sponsored by Heidi Heutel Bohn, Accademia, working with distinguished
Kommilitonen! (U.S. premiere), La scala Lawrence O. Corry, and Robert C. Marks. faculty including coach Jonathan Papp and
di seta, Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin conductor Richard Bonynge. She recently
(title role), and The Marriage of Figaro. WHITNEY received, for the second consecutive year,
In 2014 Onishi created the leading role MORRISON an Encouragement Award at the Upper
of The Timeless Man/Marty Regan’s The (Countess Ceprano) Midwest Region Finals of the Metropolitan
Memory Stone (world premiere) with Lyric debut Opera National Council Auditions.
Houston Grand Opera’s East+West Professional engagements include opera
program. Recent concert appearances The soprano, a first- scenes with Milwaukee’s Kalliope Vocal
include the Grant Park Music Festival, year Ryan Opera Arts. A Wisconsin native, Decker holds
Elgin Symphony, The Cecilia Chorus, Center member and a B. F. A. degree in vocal performance
and the Oratorio Society of New York a Chicago native, earned her bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin-
(the latter two at Carnegie Hall). A degree in vocal music and pedagogy at Milwaukee. She participated in Dolora
graduate of Japan’s Musashino Academia Alabama’s Oakwood University (Miss Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic
Musicae, the baritone has participated in Pinkerton/Menotti’s The Old Maid and Voices for two summers, as well as the
Germany’s Internationale Meistersinger the Thief, performances as a soloist with American Wagner Project (Washington,
Akademie. Takaoki Onishi is sponsored by the university’s Aeolians ensemble). Her D.C.), where she was a featured artist for
the Renée Fleming Foundation and the training also includes a master’s degree at recitals in both 2015 and 2016. Decker
International Foundation for Arts and the Eastman School of Music and study in also portrayed Sally/Barber’s A Hand of
Culture. Germany at the Neil Semer Vocal Institute. Bridge for the Up North Vocal Institute
Among her other performance credits are (Boyne Falls, Michigan). She received
ALAN HIGGS an appearance at the Rochester Institute of third place in the Senior Women Division
(Count Ceprano) Technology’s celebration of Martin Luther of the Wisconsin National Association of
Lyric debut King Jr.’s legacy, “MLK Expressions”; her Teachers of Singing Competition. Lauren
debut at Rochester’s Kodak Hall singing Decker is sponsored by an Anonymous
The bass-baritone, a Gershwin’s “My Man’s Gone Now” with Donor.
Florida native, is a the Eastman Wind Ensemble; and Donna
first-year Ryan Opera Anna/Don Giovanni with Chicago’s
Center member and Floating Opera Company. Morrison’s
will return to the Lyric stage later this competition successes include top prizes
season as Gualtiero/I puritani. A 2017 in the National Classical Singer University

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DIANA NEWMAN del West in Zurich, and seven productions has been seen internationally in Candide
(A Page) at the Vienna State Opera, among them the (Toulouse, Bordeaux), Manon Lescaut
Previously at Lyric: premiere of a new production of Samson et (Singapore), and Manon (Buenos Aires).
Seven roles since Dalila. Currently based in Genoa, Armiliato She also has a love for new works, having
2015/16, most spends considerable time annually in North directed numerous world premieres for
recently Frasquita/ America, having led nine works at San Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco and
Carmen, Papagena/ Francisco Opera and more than 25 at the most recently for Lyric Unlimited (Jason
The Magic Flute, Metropolitan Opera. His Met repertoire and the Argonauts). Meeker has served on
Pedro/Don Quichotte (all 2016/17). has included the company premieres of the directing staffs at many of America’s
Wolf-Ferrari’s Sly and Donizetti’s Anna top companies, including Lyric, Houston
The soprano, a California native and Bolena, both in new productions. Last Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, and
third-year Ryan Opera Center member, season brought him acclaim for no fewer Central City Opera (where she received
holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees than six works in Vienna, as well as Aida, the 2006 John Moriarty Award). Her
in music from the University of Southern Manon Lescaut, and Alfano's Cyrano de choreography has been seen at Central
California, where she was heard in such Bergerac at the Met, Otello at the Zurich City (Vanessa), Glimmerglass (Orpheus in
leading roles as Poppea/L’incoronazione di Opera House, Madama Butterfly at the the Underworld), Houston (The Marriage
Poppea, Pamina/The Magic Flute, Miranda/ Teatro Real in Madrid, and Lucrezia of Figaro, Don Giovanni), Boston Lyric
Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest, Lauretta/Gianni Borgia at the Salzburg Festival. Armiliato Opera (Rigoletto, Die Fledermaus) and
Schicchi, and Belisa/Conrad Susa’s The has an extensive discography. His most Opera Boston (La Vie Parisienne).
Love of Don Perlimplin. Earlier this year recent media projects have featured such
she was featured with the Civic Orchestra distinguished artists as Renée Fleming, MICHAEL
of Chicago (Golijov’s Night of the Flying Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko, YEARGAN
Horses) and the Harris Theater’s “Beyond Plácido Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann and (Set Designer)
the Aria” series (with Stephanie Blythe). Rolando Villazón, among others. Recent Previously at Lyric:
Among the other highlights of Newman’s performances released on DVD include the Eight productions
concert activities are performances at the Met’s productions of La fille du régiment since 1991/92, most
Lucerne Festival, Whittier Bach Festival, (with Natalie Dessay), Il trovatore (with recently Romeo and
Aspen Music Festival, American Youth Sondra Radvanovsky), La rondine (with Juliet, Nabucco (both
Symphony, and UT-Austin. The soprano Gheorghiu), and Lucia di Lammermoor 2015-16); The Sound of Music (2014/15).
can be heard in three feature films: The (with Netrebko).
Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010), Sex and the The renowned American designer’s work
City 2 (2010), and The Spirit (2008, E. LOREN has been seen in more than 15 productions
featured vocalist). Newman is an alumna of MEEKER over the past 24 years for San Francisco
Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Music (Director) Opera, ranging stylistically from Wagner’s
Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Previously at Lyric: Ring cycle (to be revived this season) to
Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, the Aspen Die Fledermaus works of Verdi, Puccini, Lehár, and Floyd.
Opera Theater Center, and the Oberlin in (2013/14). During the 2017/18 season Yeargan’s
Italy program. Diana Newman is sponsored designs will be seen at numerous major
by an Anonymous Donor, Michael and The American opera companies nationwide, from the
Salme Harju Steinberg, and Mrs. J. W. director has a busy 2017/18 season Metropolitan Opera (Romeo and Juliet) to
Van Gorkom. planned, highlighted by productions Los Angeles (Rigoletto) and Seattle (Aida).
at Atlanta Opera (The Daughter of the His vast operatic experiences encompass
MARCO Regiment), Seattle Opera (Aida), and The much-admired work at the Met (including
ARMILIATO Glimmerglass Festival (The Cunning Little new productions of L’elisir d’amore, The
(Conductor) Vixen). Other recent directing credits include Barber of Seville, Les contes d’Hoffmann,
Previously at Lyric: Die Fledermaus (San Francisco), Carmen and Le Comte Ory), The Dallas Opera, and
Madama Butterfly (Washington National Opera), Rossini’s numerous companies abroad, including
(2013/14). rarely heard La pietra del paragone (Wolf London’s Royal Opera, the Salzburg
Trap Opera), La bohème (Glimmerglass, Festival, and Opera Australia. Among
The Italian conductor San Diego), Manon (Dallas), Faust and Yeargan’s operatic world premieres are The
is greatly sought-after by the world’s most Lucia di Lammermoor (New Orleans), The Great Gatsby (Met), Dead Man Walking
prestigious opera houses. Among the Barber of Seville (Opera San Antonio), and A Streetcar Named Desire (both for San
many highlights of his 2017/18 season are Madama Butterfly (North Carolina), Francisco Opera). His many productions
Andrea Chénier (with Jonas Kaufmann) at and Franco Faccio’s newly reconstructed on DVD include Le Comte Ory, Simon
Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, La fanciulla Amleto (OperaDelaware). Meeker’s work Boccanegra, Otello, and The Merry Widow,

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among others. Yeargan holds Tony Awards CHRIS preparing the Damnation of Faust chorus,
for A Light in the Piazza and South MARAVICH continuing his association with Grant
Pacific. He has designed frequently for (Lighting Designer) Park Music Festival, where he has worked
regional theaters nationwide, including Previously at Lyric: for two seasons. As one of Australia’s most
Steppenwolf and the Goodman. He is a Five productions prominent vocal accompanists, Black
professor in stage design and co-chair of since 2014/15, most regularly performed for broadcasts and
the design department at the Yale School recently Orphée et recordings (he has been heard numerous
of Drama. Eurydice (2017/18); times in Australian Broadcast Corporation
Don Quichotte, Lucia di Lammermoor programs), and has prepared choruses
CONSTANCE (both 2016/17). on four continents. His work has been
HOFFMAN recorded and/or aired on ABC, BBC,
(Costume Designer) Currently Lyric’s lighting director, Maravich PBS, and for many HD productions in
Previously at Lyric: served in the same position from 2006 to movie theaters as well as on television.
Bel Canto (2015/16, 2012 at San Francisco Opera, where he He has also been a lecturer at the Sydney
world premiere). has created lighting for many productions Conservatorium of Music, of which he is
including The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, an alumnus. Black holds a master’s degree
The designer, who Così fan tutte, Turandot, Cyrano de Bergerac, in musicology from the University of New
has created costumes for opera, dance, Il trittico, Tosca, Simon Boccanegra, Don South Wales. Michael Black is the Howard
and theater nationally and internationally, Giovanni, Nixon in China, and Attila. He A. Stotler Chorus Master Endowed Chair.
has collaborated with directors Kevin has collaborated on the lighting designs
Newbury, Mark Lamos, Robert Carsen, for Doktor Faust at Staatsoper Stuttgart, SARAH HATTEN
David Alden, Christopher Alden, Julie Tannhäuser for the Greek National Opera, (Wigmaster and
Taymor, and Keith Warner; dancer Mikhail and La fanciulla del West, The Makropulos Makeup Designer)
Baryshnikov; choreographer Eliot Feld; Case, The Daughter of the Regiment, Il Wigmaster and
and entertainer Bette Midler. Hoffman’s trovatore, Samson et Dalila, and Macbeth makeup designer
work has been seen on many New York for San Francisco Opera. Maravich has since 2011/12.
stages, including the Public Theatre, The also designed lighting for Opera Colorado,
New Victory Theatre, The Second Stage, San Diego Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Lyric’s wigmaster
Madison Square Garden, and Radio City Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Florida Grand and makeup designer has worked in a
Music Hall. Her Broadway debut, designing Opera, Madison Opera, Cal Performances, wide repertoire at Lyric, Des Moines
Julie Taymor’s The Green Bird, earned her and Opera San José. Metro Opera, and Michigan Opera
Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award Theatre, as well as Columbus Opera,
nominations. Operatic designs include MICHAEL BLACK Toledo Opera, the Cabrillo Music
productions for Glyndebourne and the (Chorus Master) Festival, and the University of Cincinnati
major companies of Paris, Tel Aviv, Munich, Chorus master since College-Conservatory of Music. She has
San Francisco, Santa Fe, Houston, Los 2013/14; interim also worked at the Glimmerglass Festival
Angeles, and St. Louis, among many others. chorus master, and the major opera companies of Los
Hoffman has had a long association with the 2011/12. Angeles, Omaha, Cleveland, Sarasota,
Glimmerglass Festival, whose productions and Central City, as well as Wisconsin’s
traveled regularly to New York City Opera. Chorus master from American Players Theatre and, in Los
Last summer she designed costumes for to 2001 to 2013 at Opera Australia in Angeles, the Pantages Theatre and the
Dimitrij at Bard Summerscape, and later Sydney, Black prepared the OA chorus for Geffen Playhouse. Hatten earned a B. A.
this season her Rigoletto designs will be seen more than 90 operas and many concert in music at Iowa's Simpson College. Sarah
at LA Opera. Regionally she has designed works. He has served in this capacity Hatten is the Marlys Beider Wigmaster
in theaters such as the Guthrie, Hartford for such distinguished organizations as and Makeup Designer Endowed Chair.
Stage, Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre, the Edinburgh International Festival,
Baltimore’s Center Stage, and Houston’s Opera Holland Park (London), and, in
Alley Theatre. Hoffman holds the Theatre Australia, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Development Fund’s Irene Sharaff Young (including Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, led by
Masters Award. She currently teaches at Vladimir Ashkenazy), and Philharmonia
the Tisch School of the Arts at New York Choir, Motet Choir, and Cantillation
University. chamber choir. Black has also worked
with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
in Australia with Sir Andrew Davis, its
music director. His recent activities include

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Parents, Children, and the Music of Rigoletto

By Jesse Rosenberg


this category. Those exploring Verdi's earlier
and lesser-known works will discover still
further examples: Oberto, I Lombardi, I due
Foscari, Alzira, Giovanna d’Arco, I masnadieri,
and Stiffelio all engage with the complex
relationships between parents and their
children – the peculiarly forceful tension
arising from deep, unconditional love on the
one hand and the conflicting impulses and
points of view of different generations.
That already makes for a considerable
number of Verdian parents. Within this
large group of parental roles, mothers are
outnumbered by fathers by a fair margin, but
their presence is far from negligible if we add
to the “real” mothers (Amelia in Un ballo in
maschera, Alice Ford in Falstaff) the quasi-
maternal figures of Azucena (Manrico believes
she is his mother right until he’s put to death
at the end of Il trovatore) and Elisabetta in
Don Carlo (she starts out as the title character’s
betrothed and ends up his stepmother), as well
as those works in which absent mothers are
invoked by characters onstage (Lina’s mother
in Stiffelio, Gilda’s mother in Rigoletto, and
Desdemona’s mother in Otello, all of them
Such a dense concentration of operatic
parents and children in Verdi is all the more
striking for its being unusual within the Italian
repertoire overall. How many mothers or
fathers are there in such standard works as The
Barber of Seville, L’elisir d’amore, La bohème,
Tosca, or Pagliacci? Precisely none. A more
Verdi’s title character in jester mode, as embodied by the great Italian baritone important point is that Verdi’s predilection
Giuseppe de Luca, (1876-1950), captured by photographer Herman Mishkin. for plots with parents and children cannot
possibly be coincidental. Unlike many
composers of preceding generations (often

erdi's Rigoletto is one of those unusual served as the opera’s source; Hugo himself obligated to set to music, willy-nilly, whatever
19th-century Italian operas not insisted on the crucial nature of the parent- librettos were placed before them by tyrannical
principally built around a romantic child relationship in his play. impresarios), Verdi through most of his
love story. It’s questionable whether the term The focus on a parent and a child isn’t career exercised the highest degree of control
“love story” even applies to it: although unusual for Verdi. In fact, the parent-child over the subjects of his operas. He himself
Gilda certainly loves the Duke, he forgets relationship has long been recognized as an selected most of these stories for operatic
all about Gilda once he’s seduced her. The element shared by a large number of Verdi’s treatment, and often playing a dominant role
relationship that really matters in Rigoletto is operas. In some, like Rigoletto, it plays a in shaping the dramatic contours of his works,
of another sort entirely: that between a father fundamental role in the working out of the imperiously issuing orders to his librettists.
and a daughter. In this respect Verdi and his plot; Luisa Miller, La traviata, I vespri siciliani, If so many Verdi operas feature parent/child
librettist Piave directly followed their model, Simon Boccanegra, Don Carlo, and Aida are conflict, it can only have been because he
Victor Hugo’s drama Le roi s’amuse, which among the better-known works falling into found such stories compelling – but why?

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Triboulet, the Victor Hugo character Victor Hugo’s play was produced
on whom Rigoletto was based, inspired as a silent film in 1909.
the satirical journal Le Triboulet,
which began publishing in 1878.
Giuseppe Verdi

Several commentators delving into the of opera itself: that it is at once a drama and a a father will be differentiated vocally by being
composer’s biography have contented themselves musical composition. sung in a lower register, by either a baritone
with a psychological explanation, typically Musical description, particularly when (Rigoletto, La traviata, Aida) or a bass (Luisa
zeroing in on Verdi’s tragic loss of his two infant it gets technical, is apt to be off-putting to Miller, Don Carlo). This registral contrast is also
children in the late 1830s (followed by his those unfamiliar with pitches, keys, and other often matched by thematic contrast: the two
wife’s death in 1840). Indeed, it’s difficult to concepts and terms best learned through vocal lines in a duet involving a parent and a
imagine that Verdi wouldn’t have thought back notation – a closed book even for many child may have different rhythms and melodic
to this painful period when composing music devoted opera goers. But the concepts in contours, rather than sharing identical material.
for the grief-stricken fathers of Luisa Miller, themselves aren’t difficult to grasp. Rigoletto Let's explore how these abstract notions
Rigoletto, and Simon Boccanegra. Readers of happens to provide an ideal proving ground for play out in Rigoletto’s three magnificent father/
Mary Jane Phillips Matz’s definitive biography exploring how the musical aspects of parent/ daughter duets, one in each act, which may
of the composer will also know of the deeply child relationships can be just as important as be said to provide the basic pillars supporting
conflictual relationship between Verdi and the personal ones. the opera. Each duet is marked by dramatic
his own father, who for a time actually found The first point to consider is obvious: and musical contrast. The importance of duets
himself booted from the home he’d been sharing young voices are naturally pitched higher in this opera was stressed by Verdi in a letter
with his by-then famous son. It’s tempting than older voices. Rooted in physiology, of 1852, when he was asked to alter the score
to conclude, as many have done, that Verdi’s vocal range therefore has long been enlisted for an upcoming performance including the
parent-child works are subconscious attempts as a realistic means of suggesting the age of soprano Teresa de Giuli. The specific request
to work out his own painful experiences as both certain characters. Casting sopranos and was to insert an additional aria for Gilda. Verdi
father and son. Armchair psychoanalysis can be tenors as an opera’s youthful protagonists, refused, explaining that it would be impossible
fascinating, especially in the case of such a richly while reserving lower-register singers (bass or to introduce another aria into a work he’d
complex figure as Verdi, but the validity of the baritone for men, contraltos or mezzo-sopranos conceived “almost without arias, without
conclusions reached is as difficult to prove as to for women), became a standard procedure [grand] finales, an endless string of duets.” He
disprove. A more serious objection is that such during the 19th century, though there were was exaggerating, of course (the opera includes
an approach risks oversimplification of Verdi’s notable exceptions. Moreover, tenors and four important solo vocal numbers, as well as
art. A purely psychological explanation fails to sopranos are able sing the same melody on the stunning quartet and trio of Act Three)
take account of the paradoxical artistic premise the same notes, albeit an octave apart, while – but not by much. The unusual structure

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A street in modern Mantua, scarcely changed since Rigoletto’s time. “The Court Jester” by the Polish painter
Jan Matejko (1838-1893).

of Act One features three consecutive duets she’s unaware that the Duke is attentively necessarily – in different keys, forcing Verdi
(Rigoletto/Sparafucile, Rigoletto/Gilda, eavesdropping. Then comes the first of two into abrupt modulations as the cabaletta shifts
Gilda/Duke), and the Rigoletto/Gilda duets important moments in Rigoletto when Gilda from baritone- to soprano-dominated lines.
of Acts Two and Three crystallize further key begins a word without finishing it (the second Thematically they’re placed in symmetrical
emotional highpoints. Duets outnumbering such moment is easier to catch because it’s opposition, but tonally the generational
solo arias, as happens here, would have been more exposed: at the end of the opera, Gilda divide, which will lead to the final tragedy, is
unimaginable in a work by Rossini who, dies before being able to eke out the final fully apparent.
with all of his Romantic verve, retained the syllable of the phrase “per voi pregherò,” “I In their final, emotionally devastating
emphasis on solo singing that he’d inherited will pray for you”). Now, at the point of the duet, father and daughter are in close physical
from Baroque opera. Duke’s surprising entrance into her home, proximity but miles apart psychologically.
In the first Rigoletto/Gilda duet, the Gilda doesn't sing the last syllable of the Utterly distraught, Rigoletto begs his dying
highly expressive passage in which Rigoletto phrase “E l’alma in estasi gli dice t'amo” (“My daughter not to abandon him, while the
begs his daughter not to question him further soul in ecstasy says to him, ‘I love you’”), gently resigned Gilda will only assure him that
about her mother is entirely absent from but for a different reason: he interrupts her, in heaven, where she’ll be reunited with her
Gilda’s part. Conversely, later in the same singing the complete word “t’amo” (“I love mother, they’ll pray for him. Her soaring lines
duet Gilda’s sympathetic observations about you”) on the exact same note where he herself and his desperate pleas are not only strikingly
her father’s loving concern for her are set to was clearly headed. This inspired idea could differentiated thematically, but lie at opposite
music sung only by her, not by Rigoletto. only have been realized with two high voices, vocal poles.
Verdi must have instinctively felt that such in this case soprano and tenor. It’s worth noting that the baritone voice
distinctive themes were integral to individual The Act Two Rigoletto/Gilda duet type is not to be found within the first two
characterization; they couldn’t be shared by bears a strong resemblance to their first duet, centuries of operatic history, but was largely
the two roles, but belonged exclusively to again pitting the baritone’s paternal sternness a 19th-century development: for many years
one or the other. The baritone/soprano vocal against the soprano’s youthful impetuosity. previously, it was simply a particular sort of
pairing thus enhances a differentiation that is The dramatically significant difference is bass, situated towards the higher end of that
simultaneously dramatic and musical. that this duet occurs after the disaster of range. Historically, Verdi’s works were crucial
Contrast that duet with the one that Gilda being seduced by the Duke. The duet in carving out a special place for the baritone
directly follows, between Gilda and the Duke, therefore concludes with Rigoletto vowing as its own distinct category. This was partly
starting with the astonishing moment of the vengeance on the Duke, while Gilda pleads due to the composer’s fondness for certain
Duke’s entrance. Gilda has just confessed to for pity on his behalf. Here, in contrast to singers, most notably Felice Varesi, the first
her servant, Giovanna, that she’s in love with their previous duet, their different words Rigoletto, for whom Verdi had already written
a handsome young man she saw in church; are sung to the same melodic theme, but – Macbeth (1847), and for whom he would

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Modern Match – Rigoletto
In this opera, curses and seduction lead an overbearing parent, Rigoletto, to lose his own daughter,
Gilda. A headstrong daughter outsmarting her protective parent isn’t unique to Verdi. In fact, this
same idea applies rather prominently in the well-loved Disney animated feature, Tangled. It seems
Gilda and Rapunzel have more in common than overbearing parents!
For starters, Rigoletto and Mother Gothel (Rapunzel’s captor/guardian) take parenting to the next
level; Gilda’s only allowed to leave the house for church, while Rapunzel is constantly locked in
an isolated tower. The women’s isolation doesn’t last forever, due to two seductive men: The Duke
of Mantua and Flynn Rider. In Rigoletto, the Duke meets Gilda at church, and they promptly
fall in love. The Duke’s men abduct Gilda from her isolation and bring her to his palace, where
– after proclaiming his love for her – he proceeds to seduce and then abandon her. When Flynn
Rider appears in Tangled, he charms Rapunzel by helping her escape from the tower, freeing her
of Mother Gothel, and taking her to the castle where she can finally see the floating lanterns.
While love is blossoming in both of these stories, they then take solemn turns for the worse.
Rigoletto, discovering what’s happened between Gilda and the Duke, hires a hit man to murder
the Duke. Likewise, Mother Gothel learns of Flynn and Rapunzel’s rendezvous and sends men to
capture Flynn. These dire situations lead the two women to make the ultimate sacrifices of love.
Gilda, in an attempt to save the Duke, sacrifices her own life to the hit man. Similarly, Rapunzel
agrees to a lifetime of captivity with Mother Gothel in exchange for Flynn’s life. While Rigoletto
ends with the death of Gilda, Tangled has a happier ending where Mother Gothel dies and Flynn
and Rapunzel live to be married.
Yet, these dire situations could have been avoided if the overbearing parents weren't caught up
in themselves. When Rigoletto is cursed by Count Monterone, his terror leads him into taking
drastic measures. Mother Gothel kidnapped Rapunzel for her magical hair, which could make
Mother Gothel stay young forever. Had these two parents focused more on their children and less
on their own obsessions, perhaps the outcomes would be different.
Rigoletto at Lyric, 2012/13 season: — Margaret Rogers
the dying Gilda (Albina Shagimuratova) The author, Lyric’s dramaturgy intern during the summer,
bids farewell to her father, Rigoletto is a senior at the University of Minnesota.
(Andrzej Dobber).

write Germont in La traviata two years after

The common-sense explanation of why
Rigoletto is a baritone (because Verdi was
writing music for a father) should not exclude
the reverse possibility: that Verdi chose stories
about fathers because he was so intrigued by
the expressive potential of the baritone voice,
both on its own and in juxtaposition with a
tenor son or a soprano daughter, with all the
rich musical expansion this permitted. The
supreme artistic result has everything to do
with why Rigoletto has long been regarded as
one of Verdi's great leaps forward.

Jesse Rosenberg is Clinical Associate Professor
of Musicology at Northwestern University and
a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century Italian

Dina Kuznetsova as Verdi's Gilda at Lyric (2005/06 season) and Rapunzel in Tangled.

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A Talk with the Director

Rigoletto director E. Loren Meeker, in conversation with Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines.

What does Rigoletto have to say to where each character is ambivalent, torn would have been considered “deformed.”
audiences today? between the two strong sides of human Playing a court jester grates on him. He’s
Two universal areas of interest make nature – usually morally correct and tortured by his personal frustrations and
Rigoletto relevant to a modern audience. morally corrupt desires. This piece is by the court itself. His hatred for his lot
First are the powerful, intrinsically rampant with characters who are forced in life, and what society has made him,
human themes – the deeply rooted desire to make choices that reveal who they are makes him more cynically abusive as
for love, man’s fascination with money, at their core. All the characters struggle a jester rather than verbally funny. He
corruption of power, and the duality of with their intrinsic nature. Listening considers his barbed tongue as fierce a
human nature (good vs. evil). We struggle to those feelings and impulses come to weapon as Sparafucile’s knife.
with these issues in our fragile world life musically, exploring the depth of As the dark side of his nature gets
today as much as humanity did when character flaws in the libretto, and seeing progressively stronger (by the end of
Rigoletto was composed. how Verdi marries music and drama, is the first scene he mocks a father whose
The second connection acknowledges stunning. daughter has been sexually abused), he
that the political environment of has to fight harder to keep the good
Rigoletto feels eerily similar to the world What are the greatest challenges in elements in his life safely hidden from the
we currently live in. Every audience staging Rigoletto? world’s evils. Fatherly love is as honest an
member can probably think of a My primary focus is to bring Verdi’s emotion for Rigoletto as the cynical side
present day government where issues characters to life in as charged an that we see from him as the abused jester,
surrounding money, sex, and corruption atmosphere as possible. Working with but it’s a catch-22: his desire to keep
are systematic: Do we trust our leaders? such a great libretto means that as a Gilda pure and safe, to keep her from
What are they doing with their time and team of artists we must intensely focus knowing that the world she lives in is
their money? How are they treating the on bringing the text to life. Scenes harsh, violent, and predatory, is the very
people – especially the women – around can be crafted in a way that allows the thing that causes her to rebel. Exploring
them? How do people take their power audience to have an inside window into these extremes within the character is
and use it to influence the world and the emotional soul of each of character, vital.
people around them? especially in the ensemble scenes.
Looking at these large, overarching I also enjoy activating large chorus What can you tell us about Michael
issues makes me say, why wouldn’t we be scenes. Working with a group as strong Yeargan’s sets and Constance Hoffman’s
telling this story now? It speaks to who as the Lyric chorus allows me to create costumes?
we are as humans, trying to craft our individual, nuanced performances. The Michael and Constance were interested
lives towards our good or evil tendencies. chorus scenes are not static in Rigoletto! in creating a world that stayed away from
Which side of the coin ultimately wins? Looking at the musical structure, the a more traditional dark, black, and heavy
text, and the setting reveals environments setting. They challenged themselves to
You choreographed Rigoletto early in that are ripe with activity – sometimes find another way to tell the story. While
your career, and now you’re directing large and chaotic like the opening conceiving the production, they were
it. What are you discovering about the scene, at other times boiling with subtle examining different ways the Renaissance
opera this time around? tension like a gang or mob, as with the era was depicted over time. They became
Each time I encounter an opera, I bring kidnapping scene. fascinated with 1940s films – you’ll see
new life experience and perspective to this influence clearly represented in the
it. The depth of research I’ve done for What traits in Rigoletto himself are you costumes. They were also researching
this production has revealed to me how most interested in exploring? surrealist painters, and Giorgio de Chirico
married the drama is to Verdi’s music. He’s the clearest depiction of an captured their imagination. His color
Scholars describe Verdi as coming into his ambivalent character – someone who palette and architectural style are strong
“middle phase” when he was composing struggles with the two sides of his nature. influences on the scenic design, creating a
Rigoletto. He was starting to dig into This struggle stems from the environment very stylized world. The production feels
his material by writing music that was he lives in. abstract and surprisingly colorful, full of
driven by the drama. Specific to Rigoletto, In Rigoletto’s time, society limited harsh angles and bold colors that help
he was exploring deeply emotional and working opportunities for someone from bring the characters to life.
flawed characters. He created a world the lower class, especially someone who

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After the Curtain Falls
When the performance is over, try discussing it with your companions and
any other opera lovers you know! You can continue your pleasure in Rigoletto
for hours – even days – by exchanging ideas about it. Here are some topics we can suggest:

• What elements of the production captivated you? Why?

• The Duke of Mantua is a womanizer. Why is he permitted

to behave this way? Does his social status allow him to be so

• Rigoletto is very superstitious, and he worries about the curse

placed upon him. What superstitions do you have? In the end,
is what happens to Rigoletto’s daughter due to the curse, as he
proclaims, or is it just coincidence?

• Why does Rigoletto keep Gilda’s existence a secret? And why does
he keep her from knowing his name?

• Rigoletto contemplates the similarities between himself and

Sparafucile, the hired assassin. Sparafucile stabs men with a knife,
and Rigoletto with his sharp tongue. What is Verdi hinting at here?

• The assassin, Sparafucile, is an intriguing character, who doesn’t

have an aria. Had Verdi written one for him, what do you think it
would have been about?

Gilda in male disguise, as portrayed by the exquisite

Italian soprano Amelia Galli-Curci, an idol of
Chicago audiences from 1916 to 1924.

To continue enjoying Rigoletto, Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines suggests the following performances:

• CD – Renata Scotto, Fiorenza Cossotto, Alfredo Kraus, Ettore Bastianini, Ivo Vinco;
Chorus and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, cond. Gianandrea Gavazzeni (Andromeda)

• CD – Dame Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, Martti Talvela;
Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Richard Bonynge (Decca)

• DVD – Diana Damrau, Christa Mayer, Juan Diego Flórez, Zeljko Lucic, Georg Zeppenfeld;
Chorus and Orchestra of the Sächsische Oper/Dresden, cond. Fabio Luisi (Erato)

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Music Staff Bonita Di Bello Flute Horn Stageband Musicians

William C. Billingham Diane Duraffourg-Robinson Marie Tachouet, Principal Jonathan Boen, Principal Karin Ursin, piccolo
Scott Ellaway Teresa Kay Fream Dionne Jackson, Fritz Foss, Assistant Principal/ Rachel Blumenthal, flute
Susan Miller Hult Peter Labella Assistant Principal Utility Horn Anne Bach, oboe
Keun-A Lee Ann Palen Alyce Johnson Robert E. Johnson, Third Horn Leslie Grimm, clarinet
Noah Lindquist Irene Radetzky Samuel Hamzem Andrea DiOrio, clarinet
Mario Antonio Marra John D. Robinson Piccolo Neil Kimel John Gaudette, bassoon
Francesco Milioto David Volfe Alyce Johnson Gabby Webster, horn
Jerad Mosbey Albert Wang Trumpet Brian Goodwin, horn
Steven Mosteller Oboe William Denton, Principal Dana Sherman, horn
Matthew Piatt Viola Judith Kulb, Principal Matthew Comerford, Valerie Whitney, horn
Madeline Slettedahl Carol Cook, Principal Robert E. Morgan Co-Assistant Principal Dave Inmon, trumpet
Robert Tweten Terri Van Valkinburgh, Assistant Principal Channing Philbrick, Tom Stark, trombone
Eric Weimer Assistant Principal Judith Zunamon Lewis Co-Assistant Principal Sean Keenan, trombone
Frank W. Babbitt Mark Fry, trombone
Orchestra Patrick Brennan English Horn Trombone Josh Wirt, tuba
Karl Davies Robert E. Morgan Jeremy Moeller, Principal Joel Cohen, percussion
Violin I Amy Hess Mark Fisher, Assistant Principal
Robert Hanford, Melissa Trier Kirk Clarinet Graeme Mutchler Librarian
Concertmaster Di Shi Charlene Zimmerman, John Rosenkrans, Principal
The Mrs. R. Robert Funderburg Principal Bass Trombone
Endowed Chair Cello Linda A. Baker, Graeme Mutchler Personnel Manager
Sharon Polifrone, Calum Cook, Principal Co-Assistant Principal and Stageband Contractor
Assistant Concertmaster Paul Dwyer, Assistant Principal Susan Warner, Tuba Christine Janicki
Alexander Belavsky Mark Brandfonbrener Co-Assistant Principal Andrew Smith, Principal
Kathleen Brauer William H. Cernota
Pauli Ewing Laura Deming Bass Clarinet Harp
Laura Ha Barbara Haffner Linda A. Baker Marguerite Lynn Williams,
David Hildner Walter Preucil Principal
Ellen Hildner Bassoon
Laura Miller Bass Lewis Kirk, Timpani
Liba Shacht Michael Geller, Principal Acting Principal Edward Harrison, Principal
Heather Wittels Ian Hallas, Preman Tilson,
Bing Jing Yu Acting Assistant Principal Acting Assistant Principal Percussion
Andrew L. W. Anderson Hanna Sterba* Michael Green, Principal
Violin II Gregory Sarchet Douglas Waddell,
Yin Shen, Principal Timothy Shaffer* Contrabassoon Assistant Principal *Season substitute
John Macfarlane, Collins R. Trier Hanna Sterba* Eric Millstein
Assistant Principal

Chorus Master Maia Surace Jeffrey W. Taylor Supplementary Chorus Bass

Michael Black Laurie Seely Vassalli Ronald Watkins Soprano Michael Cavalieri
Chorus Master Corinne Wallace-Crane Nikolas Wenzel Joelle Lamarre Kirk Greiner
The Howard A. Stotler Pamela Williams Katelyn Lee John E. Orduña
Endowed Chair Michelle K. Wrighte Core Supplementary Rosalind Lee Douglas Peters
Susan Nelson Martin Lowen Poock
Tenor Chorus Vincent P. Wallace, Jr.
Regular Chorus Christine Steyer
Geoffrey Agpalo Soprano
Kelsea Webb
Soprano Jason Balla Jill Dewsnup
Boya Wei
Elisa Billey Becker Timothy Bradley Carla Janzen
Jillian Bonczek Hoss Brock Suzanne M. Kszastowski
Sharon Garvey Cohen William M. Combs Kaileen Erin Miller
Robin Bradley
Patricia A. Cook-Nicholson John J. Concepcion Sarah Ponder
Cathleen Dunn Kenneth Donovan Mezzo
Emily Price
Janet Marie Farr Joseph A. Fosselman Katie Ruth Bieber
Amanda Runge
Desirée Hassler Lawrence Montgomery Amanda Tarver
Stephanie Schoenhofer
Rachael Holzhausen Mark Nienow Ashley Sipka
Laureen Janeczek-Wysocki James Odom Tenor
Kimberly McCord Thomas L. Potter Jared V. Esguerra
Heidi Spoor Walton Westlake Tyler Samuel Lee
Humberto Borboa Beltran
Stephani Springer Joe Shadday
Matthew Daniel
Elizabeth Anne Taylor Bass Klaus Georg
Sherry Watkins Matthew Carroll Bass
Cameo Humes
David DuBois Claude Cassion
Luther Lewis
Mezzo Robert Morrissey Nicolai Janitzky
Brett J. Potts
Claudia A. Kerski-Nienow Kenneth Nichols Wilbur Pauley
Marianna Kulikova Steven Pierce
Colleen Lovinello Robert J. Prindle
Yvette Smith Thomas Sillitti
Marie Sokolova Craig Springer

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BACKSTAGE LIFE: Stephanie Karr

What is your role here at Lyric, and how long

have you held the position?
I’ve been the director of music administration
since November 2016, but I’ve held various
positions at Lyric since 2001. My department
and I work with the chorus, orchestra, dancers,
and assistant conductors to provide day-to-day
operational and personnel support for these
groups – about 300 people. We also handle their
auditions and casting, ensuring that we have the
best artists for the season.

What led you to work at Lyric?

I’ve been involved in music, dance and theater
most of my life and graduated with a degree
in vocal performance and a minor in theater.
Lyric is, and has always been, at the top of the
pack in the opera world and once I moved to
Chicago, I was determined to work here. I was
auditioning for young-artist programs, traveling
for competitions, and trying to find a job with
enough flexibility to allow me to continue doing
it. I decided that I would like to pursue a career a very special thing, and a worthwhile cause. I would also say that I
in arts management while working as a receptionist for Lyric. During really couldn’t ask for better colleagues. We are here out of a deep love
my tenure here, I have moved into several other roles including for what we do and the common goal of putting something special
artist services, wigs/make-up, accounts payable, and payroll. Once I on stage.
completed my master’s degree, a position opened in the operations
department, I became the music administration assistant…and the What’s something about your job that people might not know?
rest is history! One thing people might not know is that if you attend dress rehearsals,
I am the person sitting just behind the conductor and a few seats from
What’s a typical day like for you? the cover conductor. I sit there to ensure that all goes well with our
My day is extremely varied, but one thing that doesn’t fluctuate is musical groups and it allows me to jump in at a moment’s notice if
that I’m always working with people. I love problem solving and I’m needed.
there are so many little puzzle pieces that need to come together
with individual performers and/or other departments. Otherwise, I A favorite Lyric moment?
could be doing anything from serving on an audition panel, making Over the years, the thing that stands out above all of the on stage
sure conductors have what they need for rehearsals, getting budget events are the lifelong friendships I’ve made. Some are people I’ve
numbers together for a future season, or helping to make sure that the met here, some have moved on to other jobs in other cities, some
offstage musicians are in the right place for the best sound. are friends from other opera companies. A job where you can share
common interests with almost all of your colleagues, and those
What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? common interests are directly related to what you do on a daily basis
During the season, there are a lot of very long work days where it’s is pretty unique and makes for a lot of amazing opportunities to
important that I manage my time well and stay on schedule. This connect with people.
can be a big challenge because things have a tendency to “pop up.”
Another challenge is making sure everyone stays on the same page Beyond opera, what are your other passions?
when a last-minute change occurs. Dozens of people can be affected I love to travel and I would love more opportunities to see the world.
by even the smallest change, so communication is key and something I’m a diehard foodie and I love to cook…and eat. Okay, mostly eat.
we are always trying to improve upon. Aside from that, a good book and a good movie – I love a good story
and an opportunity to exercise a little escapism.
What keeps you committed to the work you do?
I love the arts and I love opera. I think what we do is vital because it
brings us cultural awareness and connects us to our humanity. That’s

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Artistic Roster
Sopranos Baritones Graham Maverick Marie-Jeanne Lecca Assistant Choreographer
Maria Agresta Alessandro Corbelli Jeraldine Mendoza Ming Cho Lee Michael Mizerany
Kate Baldwin Anthony Clark Evans Jacqueline Moscicke John Neumeier
Emily Birsan Nathan Gunn Aaron Renteria Robert Perdziola Ballet Mistress
Janai Brugger Joshua Hopkins Christine Rocas Zandra Rhodes August Tye
Andriana Chuchman Quinn Kelsey Paulo Rodrigues Vita Tzykun
Rosa Feola Mariusz Kwiecień Chloé Sherman Michael Yeargan Wigmaster and Makeup
Christine Goerke Zachary Nelson Temur Suluashvili Designer
Pureum Jo Emmett O’Hanlon Olivia Tang-Mifsud Associate Set Designer Sarah Hatten
Alexandra LoBianco Takaoki Onishi Alonso Tepetzi Heinrich Tröger
Ana María Martínez Edward Parks Elivelton Tomazi Fight Choreographers
Whitney Morrison Hugh Russell Alberto Velazquez Assistant Set Designer Chuck Coyl
Diana Newman Todd Thomas Joanna Wozniak Matt Rees Nick Sandys
Marina Rebeka Joan Sebastián Zamora
Albina Shagimuratova Bass-Baritones Lighting Designers Translators for
Lauren Snouffer Alan Higgs Fabrice Kebour Projected English Titles
Marcy Stonikas Philip Horst Jacob Brooks Chris Maravich Carol Borah Kelly
Elisabet Strid Eric Owens Wanhang (Nikolas) Chen John Neumeier Francis Rizzo
Ann Toomey Christian Van Horn Samuel Crouch Duane Schuler Roger Pines
Elena Tsallagova Marian Faustino Ron Vodicka Colin Ure
Amber Wagner Basses Tom Mattingly
Erin Wall Ain Anger Gin Ngo Projection Designer The American
Laura Wilde Scott Conner Jimi Nguyen David Adam Moore Guild of
Patrick Guetti Michelle Reid Musical Artists,
Mezzo-Sopranos Adrian Sâmpetrean Todd Rhoades Chorus Master AFL-CIO
Tanja Ariane Baumgartner Andrea Silvestrelli Jacqueline Stewart Michael Black (AGMA), is
Marianne Crebassa Alexander Tsymbalyuk Nicholas Strasburg the union that represents the
Susan Graham Jessica Wolfrum Choreographers and singers, dancers, actors, and
Jill Grove Dancers Movement Directors staging personnel at Lyric
Catherine Martin Conductors John Malashock Opera of Chicago.
Lindsay Metzger The Joffrey Ballet Marco Armiliato John Neumeier
Julie Miller Matthew Adamczyk Harry Bicket Denni Sayers
Deborah Nansteel Derrick Agnoletti David Chase August Tye
Annie Rosen Yoshihisa Arai Sir Andrew Davis

Zanda Švēde Amanda Assucena James Gaffigan
Kristy Swann Edson Barbosa Enrique Mazzola
Miguel Angel Blanco Robert Tweten
Contraltos Anais Bueno Emmanuel Villaume
Lindsay Ammann Fabrice Calmels
Lauren Decker Raúl Casasola Directors
Valeriia Chaykina John Cox
Tenors Nicole Ciapponi Eric Einhorn
Thor Abjornsson Lucia Connolly Rob Kearley
Piotr Beczała April Daly E. Loren Meeker
Benjamin Bernheim Fernando Duarte John Neumeier
Michael Brandenburg Olivia Duryea Kevin Newbury
Lawrence Brownlee Cara Marie Gary David Pountney
Alec Carlson Stefan Goncalvez Andrew Sinclair
Rafael Davila Luis Eduardo Gonzalez
Keith Jameson Dylan Gutierrez Associate Directors
Jonathan Johnson Rory Hohenstein Rob Kearley
Brandon Jovanovich Dara Holmes Bruno Ravella
Dmitry Korchak Riley Horton
Stefano La Colla Yuka Iwai Set and Costume Designers
Josh Lovell Victoria Jaiani Johan Engels
Matthew Polenzani Hansol Jeong John Frame
Mario Rojas Gayeon Jung Peter J. Hall
Rodell Rosel Yumi Kanazawa Constance Hoffman Rigoletto at Lyric, 2012/13 season:
Issachah Savage Brooke Linford Robert Innes Hopkins Maddalena (Nicole Piccolomini) enchants the
Andrew Stenson Greig Matthew Allen Charles Klein Duke of Mantua (Giuseppe Filianoti).

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In Memory of Nancy W. Knowles:

Let the Music be Heard
The Lyric family is deeply saddened and hired professional managers to run the
by the loss of Nancy W. Knowles, who firm. Some eleven years later, most of the
served on Lyric’s Board of Directors and company’s stock was sold and its name changed
Executive Committee from 1998 until to Knowles Electronics Holdings, Inc.
Nancy assumed the presidency of
her passing on August 26, 2017. She was
The Knowles Foundation, a private entity
an extraordinary woman, a consummate established in 1955 by Hugh and his first
professional, and an outstanding wife, which supports the arts, education,
philanthropist, who possessed great health, international development, and social
strength and character, and was services. Soon afterward, she became involved
passionate in her devotion to the arts. with Lyric Opera, indulging her lifelong love
In memory of her many dedicated years of the music with which she was raised. Guild
of service to Lyric, we are honored to Board member Gene Andersen invited her
reprint this patron salute that originally onto the Guild Board, and the next year, as
part of Lyric’s massive Building on Greatness
appeared in the 2007/08 season program
Capital Campaign purchase and renovation
of La bohème. project, The Knowles Foundation generously
provided an assistive listening system for
— Anthony Freud, the refurbished auditorium, later named the
Lyric’s General Director, President & CEO Ardis Krainik Theatre. Of her affiliation with
Knowles Electronics, Nancy observed, “To be
able to help millions and millions of people
Music. Hearing. One is impossible November 23, 1930 - August 26, 2017
around the world is astounding.” For the Lyric
without the other. Music must be heard to patrons needing it, the new listening system
the big ones – that was huge, hundreds and
exist, and the ear must hear music, whether in from The Knowles Foundation has been no less
hundreds of records.” Nancy’s college degree
its traditional sense or in the rhythm and lilt of astounding.
in Spanish earned her several positions as a
speech or animal sounds or even construction The enthusiasm with which Nancy
translator, in the course of which she became
noise. Separate a culture from its music, and it approached her work was demonstrated
familiar with various types of businesses and
tends to disintegrate. Take away a person’s sense also in her philanthropic zeal. Through The
corporate structures. This breadth of experience
of hearing, and a huge void remains where the Knowles Foundation, as well as generous
served her well in meeting the challenges of
music used to be. personal gifts, she has benefited institutions the
Knowles Electronics.
That sort of tragedy for years motivated world over, especially those involving hearing
Hugh’s instincts, as usual, proved
Nancy W. Knowles, former chairman emerita as an important element. As a result of her
accurate. Nancy found the learning process
of Knowles Electronics Holdings, Inc. Twenty- being inspired by the late Sam Wanamaker,
exhilarating: “It was wonderful. I absolutely
two years out of college, having worked in for example, Shakespeare’s Globe in London
loved it.” In a win-win scenario, Nancy found
such diverse industries as veterinary vaccines, boasts the Nancy W. Knowles Theatre, a venue
her calling, and Hugh gained valuable insight
mining, and apparel, Nancy came to the for presentations and discussions. She served
from an intelligent and reliable consultant.
Chicago area to work for Hugh Knowles, the on a number of boards and joined Lyric’s Board
After working closely for five years, and
founder of Knowles Electronics, Inc. With of Directors in 1998 at the behest of fellow
sometimes traveling together, Nancy and
no knowledge of the sub-miniature electronic director, the late Frank Considine.
Hugh, a widower for ten years, married. They
hearing instrument components manufactured In 2007 Nancy bestowed an endowment
were a well-suited couple and very happy
there for hearing-aid companies, she started gift to Lyric, in honor of which the reception
together, but misfortune intruded when, a year
in new-product development, “surrounded by area just east of the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice
later, Hugh suffered a serious stroke.
engineers and physicists.” Charged with being Grand Foyer was designated the Nancy W.
In the eight years remaining of Hugh’s
a set of “new eyes,” she proceeded to learn the Knowles Lobby. It is appropriate for opera
life, Nancy was his eyes and ears at the plant.
business through listening, observing, and goers anticipating a superb listening experience
He remained president and chairman, with
questioning. to be welcomed into the Lyric Opera House by
executives often coming to the house. Nancy
No stranger to intellectual pursuits and the name of an elegant woman so intimately
went to the office each day and discussed issues
distinguished relatives, Nancy Welch Knowles connected with the art of preserving and
with Hugh in the evening. He respected her
grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in a home filled enhancing the human sense of hearing. Lyric
opinion and was satisfied that the business
with classical music. Her father, an orthopedic Opera is grateful that Nancy’s legacy will
would be in capable hands without him. She
physician, invented a pin used in setting broken impact Chicago for generations to come.
was vice chairman while Hugh was alive and
hips. He also delighted in driving the family
was voted chairman after his death, though she — Sonia Ness
100 miles to attend opera in Des Moines. At
shared control with his son and two daughters,
home, “he had a record collection of 78s –

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dedicated support. Over the last three decades, Abbott has family for more than three decades. They have previously
generously cosponsored 23 Lyric productions, including this contributed to many programs, including Lyric’s Wine
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collaboration with The Joffrey Ballet. Abbott has championed They made a leadership gift to the Breaking New Ground
Miles D. White
Lyric’s achievements by making a leadership commitment to the Campaign. Last season, Jim and Laurie generously
Breaking New Ground Campaign. “The Lyric is one of the treasures that make cosponsored Lyric’s production of Carmen. Lyric is honored to have Jim Bay, a
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Executive Officer and a valued member of Lyric’s  
Board of Directors. RANDY L. and MELVIN R. BERLIN
Devoted fans of opera education and the arts, Melvin
ADA and WHITNEY ADDINGTON and Randy Berlin are vital members of the Lyric Opera
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to the Annual Campaign and the Breaking New Ground Melvin. The Berlins have contributed significantly to
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The Addingtons have also invested in the company’s have cosponsored several productions including last season’s The Magic Flute and this
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fortunate to have Dr. Whitney Addington as a member of its Board of Directors and Directors.
Executive Committee.
AMERICAN AIRLINES BMO Harris Bank is a proud supporter of Lyric Opera. BMO,
This season we celebrate 36 years of vital corporate partnership which is celebrating its bicentennial this year, has demonstrated
with American Airlines, the Official Airline of Lyric Opera. In its strong commitment to supporting the communities it serves
recognition of the company’s significant contribution to the for the past 200 years. BMO has generously supported special
Building on Greatness Capital Campaign, the mezzanine level of projects through Lyric’s Annual Campaign, most recently as the
the Lyric Opera House is named the American Airlines Mezzanine. Exclusive Sponsor of both the Plácido Domingo and Ana María
American Airlines provides important in-kind support for Lyric’s Dousmanis-Curtis Martínez Concert (2015/16) and the Celebrating Plácido Concert
Franco Tedeschi
programs and special events. (2016/17). Lyric is honored to have Alexandra Dousmanis-Curtis,
Franco Tedeschi, Vice President of American Group Head, U.S. Retail and Business Banking, BMO Harris Bank, serve on its
Airlines, proudly serves on Lyric’s Board of Directors Board of Directors and Investment Committee. “Opera is truly an inspiration.  It
and Lyric Unlimited Committee. affects how we see and interpret the world around
us, and it’s our hope that the support we provide
PAUL M. ANGELL FAMILY FOUNDATION Lyric will help increase exposure to such a beautiful
The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation strives to advance society through the form of artistic expression.”
performing arts, conservation of the world’s oceans, and alleviation of poverty. The
Foundation’s namesake, Paul M. Angell, founder of Newly Weds Foods, dedicated BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP
the early part of his life to serving his country and performing as a member of John The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is the world’s leading
Philip Sousa’s U.S. Navy Band during World War I. He believed in hard work, self advisor on business strategy. Lyric Opera is extremely grateful for
reliance, and optimism, and the Foundation is intended to honor him and his ideals. their support and dedication this season in offering their pro bono
At Lyric, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation has been a loyal supporter of Lyric’s services to help Lyric to better understand our financial model,
Annual Campaign and Lyric Unlimited programming and has generously committed and to identify creative and promising paths to growth. Lyric
to a high level of multi-year support. Opera is honored to have Dan
Dan Grossman
Grossman, Partner & Managing
ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTORS Director, on the Lyric Board
Lyric Opera is extremely grateful for Aria Society support received from six of Directors and Finance Committee.
anonymous contributors during the 2017/18 season.
JULIE and ROGER BASKES Dedicated lovers of the arts, Henry and Gilda Buchbinder
Lyric treasures the exemplary leadership and dedication of are longstanding members of the Lyric Opera family.
Julie and Roger Baskes. Subscribers for more than three Committed to sustaining the exceptional quality of Lyric’s
decades, they have generously supported Lyric’s Ryan artistic product, the Buchbinders made a leadership gift
Opera Center activities as previous cosponsors of Rising to Lyric’s Breaking New Ground Campaign to name
Stars in Concert, and currently underwrite the Ryan the Henry and Gilda Buchbinder Family Foundation
Opera Center Recital Series on 98.7WFMT. They have Rehearsal Room. They have also been longtime generous donors to the Annual
cosponsored numerous productions including, most recently, last season’s Norma and Campaign, and are cosponsors of this season’s new production of Faust. “I really
this season’s Rigoletto. They also made a leadership commitment to the Breaking New do believe that Lyric is the best opera company in the world,” is Gilda’s heartfelt
Ground Campaign to help safeguard the future of Lyric Opera. Lyric is honored to assessment, to which Hank adds, “the productions are done so well, and stage sets
have Julie Baskes serve on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Julie is are marvelous.” Lyric is honored to have Gilda Buchbinder serve on its Board of
also Chairman of the Production Sponsorship Committee, and is a past President of Directors and the Production Sponsorship Committee.
the Ryan Opera Center Board.

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Lyric Opera sincerely appreciates the extraordinary leadership and Charitable outreach is an important part of Centene Corporation's business
generosity of Kay Bucksbaum. An avid subscriber and longtime philosophy. Since 2004, Centene Charitable Foundation has contributed a
patron of Lyric with her late husband Matthew, the Bucksbaum substantial amount to initiatives that improve the quality of life and health in our
Family’s very generous challenge grant re-established Lyric’s communities. Through our donations to organizations in the arts, we are not only
regional and national/international radio broadcasts in 2006. Kay’s sustaining the ongoing cultural traditions, but also paving the way for future
incredible continued matching support makes possible The Lyric generations to experience the arts. This season, Centene Charitable Foundation is
Opera Broadcasts, which draw 16 million listeners annually. “Lyric providing leadership support for EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the
is a great national institution,” Matthew once said, “and it gives our family great Arts, a groundbreaking multi-disciplinary afterschool program offered in
pleasure to know these broadcasts bring Lyric’s wonderful performances to so many partnership between Lyric Unlimited and the Chicago Urban League that will
in Chicago and around the globe.” culminate in the presentation of a fully
staged, youth-centric opera based on
THE JOHN and JACOLYN BUCKSBAUM participants’ real-life experiences.
Passionate philanthropists in the Chicago community, ELIZABETH F. CHENEY FOUNDATION
John and Jackie Bucksbaum are major supporters of the Lyric Opera remains deeply grateful for the long-term generosity
arts. John Bucksbaum is founder and CEO of Bucksbaum of the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, one of Chicago’s nonprofit
Retail Properties, LLC, a fully-integrated owner and leaders in arts support. The Cheney Foundation has made an
developer of retail real estate. John and Jackie, with their enhanced multi-year commitment to the Ryan Opera Center/
John and Jackie Bucksbaum
family, generously provide matching funding for The Lyric Opera. During the 2017/18 season, the Cheney Foundation
Lyric Opera Broadcasts, which air on 98.7WFMT live is supporting Guest Master Teacher and Artist residencies; the
during each opening night performance. Elizabeth F. Cheney Director of Vocal Studies faculty position; access to a behind-the-
scenes view of the Ensemble selection process by opening the Ryan
BULLEY & ANDREWS Opera Center’s Final Auditions to a greater number of Lyric donors and subscribers
Founded 1891, Bulley & Andrews is one of the Midwest’s most for the fifth year; and singer sponsorship of tenor Mario Rojas. Lyric Opera is honored
trusted and accomplished construction companies. The fourth to have foundation director Allan Drebin serve on its Board of Directors, Ryan Opera
generation, family-owned firm offers clients a full-range of Center Board and Audit Committee.
construction services including general contracting, construction
management, design/build, and masonry and concrete restoration. MR. and MRS. JOHN V. CROWE
Bulley & Andrews has, for many seasons, supported Lyric Jack and Peggy Crowe are generous and passionate
Allan E. Bulley, III
Unlimited’s Performances for Students programs, and is a cosponsor members of the Lyric family, evidenced by their major
of Lyric’s Ring cycle, including last support of the Breaking New Ground Campaign and
season’s Das Rheingold and this season’s Die Walküre. Lyric the Renée Fleming Initiative. Jack and Peggy Crowe’s
Opera is pleased to have Allan E. Bulley, III as a member of significant contribution to Lyric was recognized in
its Board of Directors. naming the Isabelle Cavagnaro Crowe Foyer on the fifth
floor in memory of Jack Crowe’s mother. Lyric is very fortunate to have Jack Crowe
THE BUTLER FAMILY FOUNDATION as an esteemed member of the Executive Committee of Lyric’s Board of Directors.
Longtime subscribers from Dubuque, Iowa, John and
Alice Butler recently made a leadership gift to Lyric’s THE CROWN FAMILY
Breaking New Ground Campaign’s stage improvement Two of Chicago’s leading philanthropists, Renée and
project. John says, “When Alice and I heard that Lyric Lester Crown, are devoted patrons of Lyric Opera.
was unable to share productions with other houses due The Crown Family is a sponsor of the Renée Fleming
to our outdated and unreliable stage technology, we Initiative and made generous gifts to Lyric’s Annual
John and Alice Butler
understood that to be a serious problem that needed to Campaign and Breaking New Ground Campaign. Mrs.
be addressed. We believe in Lyric’s mission to be the best Crown is a past President of the Women’s Board. Mr.
opera company in North America, and in order to be the best, we must have access Lester and Renée Crown Crown joined Lyric’s Board of Directors in 1977 and has
the best productions.” Lyric Opera is honored to have John Butler serve on its Board served as Chairman of the Executive Committee ever since. In 2004, Renée and
of Directors and Investment Committee. Lester Crown were recipients of the Carol Fox Award, presented in recognition of
their outstanding leadership and commitment to Lyric. Lyric is also honored to have
MARION A. CAMERON Mrs. Nancy Carrington Crown serve on its esteemed Women’s Board. Lyric is forever
Lyric is sincerely honored to have the support and leadership of indebted to The Crown Family for their many years of dedicated service to Lyric
Marion A. Cameron. A subscriber and donor for more than 20 Opera of Chicago.
years, Lyric gratefully acknowledges her outstanding generosity
through her leadership gift to the Breaking New Ground THE DAVEE FOUNDATION
Campaign, and her many production cosponsorships, including Lyric Opera is extremely grateful to The Davee Foundation and the late Ruth Dunbar
this season’s Così fan tutte. Ms. Cameron is the CEO of Sipi Metals and Ken M. Davee for their tremendous generosity over the years. The Foundation’s
Corp., which continues to support the widely popular Stars of exemplary support of Chicago-area charities reflects the Davees’ wide-ranging
Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert. Marion Cameron is a member of Lyric’s interests, including their great love of music and the arts. Lyric Opera is fortunate
Board of Directors, Executive and Finance Committees, and Chair of the Investment to be among the organizations benefiting from The Davee Foundation’s enduring
Committee. philanthropy, which helps secure Lyric’s future for generations to come. The Davee
Foundation provided critical preliminary support to enhance amplification and
sound systems used in the Musical Theater Initiative, and has generously cosponsored
each production in the initiative, including this season’s Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Marianne Deson-Herstein was a long-time supporter and lover of One of two trusts established in memory of Elizabeth Morse
Lyric Opera until her death in 2015. Her Trust left a substantial Genius, daughter of 19th-century industrialist Charles Hosmer
bequest to the Lyric Opera Production Endowment Fund for Morse, the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust is a major, and
designers and scenery expenses, in memory of her parents, Samuel deeply appreciated, leader among Lyric’s contributors. Through the
and Sarah Deson. To fulfill her intentions, Marianne’s bequest is Trust’s support of classical fine arts, Co-Trustees Bank of America,
being used to cosponsor Lyric’s production of Wagner’s Die Walküre N.A. and James L. Alexander seek to enrich the quality of life in
this opera season. Her gift will help support the designer and Elizabeth Morse Genius Chicago, especially for youth and elderly citizens. In recognition

scenery expenses for this new Lyric Opera production. Lyric is greatly appreciative of of the Trust’s Building on Greatness Capital Campaign support,
Marianne’s thoughtfulness in making this very generous planned gift to endow these Lyric named the distinctive Opera House chimes and music library in honor of
essential mainstage opera production expenses. Elizabeth Morse Genius. Along with its sister trust, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable
Trust, the Genius Trust has sponsored many mainstage productions and was most
STEFAN T. EDLIS and GAEL NEESON recently one of the cosponsors of last season’s company premiere of Les Troyens. In
Passionate patrons of the arts, Stefan Edlis and Gael addition to production sponsorship, the Trust has helped underwrite Lyric’s ongoing
Neeson are actively involved with organizations in efforts to diversify its various boards and preserve Lyric’s history through support of
Chicago, New York, and Aspen. Mr. Edlis and Ms. its Archives project. Most recently, Lyric named one of its key meeting rooms in its
Neeson have supported and subscribed to Lyric Opera for executive offices as the Elizabeth Morse Genius Conference Room in order to show
more than 30 years. They have previously cosponsored its grateful appreciation for the Trust’s significant gift to the Breaking New Ground
five mainstage operas, including last season’s Lucia di Campaign, as well as to recognize the Trust’s
Lammermoor and this season’s Faust. Stefan and Gael also made a leadership gift commitment over many years to helping build
to the Breaking New Ground Campaign. Lyric is the company’s core capacities and institutional
honored to have Stefan Edlis serve on its Board of infrastructure.
Directors and Production Sponsorship Committee.
EXELON Brent and Katie are proud supporters of numerous
The philanthropic initiatives of Exelon Corporation help generate and sustain causes in Chicago, and they have made a leadership gift
Chicago’s cultural stature and economic vitality. For several decades, Exelon has to Lyric’s Breaking New Ground Campaign. Last season,
generously supported the Annual Campaign, Fantasy of the Opera, Wine Auction, Brent and Katie were a Diamond Record Sponsor of the
and the Great Opera Fund as well as Lyric’s education and community engagement Chicago Voices Gala Benefit Concert. Brent Gledhill is the
programs. Exelon’s many cosponsorships have included The Mikado (2010/12), Global Head of Investment Banking at William Blair &
the Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky Subscriber Appreciation Concert Company, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Lyric is honored to have
(2011/12), La bohème (2012/13), Rusalka (2013/14), Lyric’s second mariachi opera, Brent serve on its Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Audit Committee.
El Pasado Nunca Se Termina (2014/15), and The Marriage of Figaro (2015/16). Last
season, Exelon cosponsored Lyric’s production of Carmen. Lyric Opera is fortunate WILLIAM and ETHEL GOFEN
to have Exelon as an outstanding corporate partner. William and Ethel Gofen have been attending Lyric
Opera productions for more than 50 years. They are
ELAINE FRANK generous donors to Lyric’s Annual Campaign, and are
A member of the Lyric family since its calling card performance cosponsoring Lyric’s new production of Faust this season.
of Don Giovanni in 1954, Elaine Frank has generously supported They have also made a leadership gift to the Breaking
Lyric’s education programs by underwriting the NEXT Student New Ground Campaign. Lyric is thrilled to have Ethel
Discount tickets since 2014. Elaine and her family named Gofen as a member of the Board of Directors and Lyric Unlimited Committee.
the Elaine and Zollie Frank Rehearsal Room as part of their
major contribution toward the Building on Greatness capital HOWARD GOTTLIEB and BARBARA GREIS
campaign. Most recently, Elaine gave generously to the Breaking New Ground Among Lyric’s most devoted subscribers and patrons,
Campaign’s stage renovation project to ensure Lyric’s technology is competitive Howard Gottlieb and Barbara Greis have generously
with its sister institutions. “Opera has been a part of my life since I was a young supported Lyric Opera through major contributions to
girl and still is as I am turning 100. I am grateful for all the wonderful memories the Annual Campaign and the Breaking New Ground
my involvement at Lyric has afforded me.” Lyric is grateful for the decades-long Campaign. They have cosponsored many productions,
friendship of Elaine, her family, and her late husband and former Board of Directors including this season’s production of Rigoletto. Mr.
member, Zollie Frank. Gottlieb is the retired chairman of the Glenwood Investment Corporation and an
accomplished violinist. Lyric is honored to have him serve as an active member of
JULIUS FRANKEL FOUNDATION Lyric’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
A founding patron of Lyric Theatre (now Lyric Opera) and a Lyric
Opera Board member at the time of his death in 1982, Julius GRAMMA FISHER FOUNDATION
Frankel devoted his philanthropic giving to making Chicago a With an unparalleled record as sponsor of more than 27 new Lyric productions since
great place to live and enjoy life. The Julius Frankel Foundation the 1960s, the Gramma Fisher Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa is a cornerstone of
has sustained this noble legacy under the guidance and longtime Lyric’s legacy of world-class achievement in the arts. The Gramma Fisher Foundation
dedication of former trustees Nelson Cornelius and John Georgas has made a leadership commitment to cosponsor each of the four operas that make
Julius Frankel and current trustee BMO Harris Bank N.A. Lyric’s audiences have up Wagner’s Ring cycle, which began with Das Rheingold last season and will continue
benefited greatly from the Foundation’s major grants for general with Die Walküre this season. Lyric is sincerely grateful for the enduring friendship
operating support and production sponsorships. “Mr. Frankel was particularly and leadership of Christine Hunter and other members of the Fisher family. Lyric
interested in making Chicago one of the greatest places in the world to live and is fortunate to have Matthew Fisher serve on its Board of Directors and Stephanie
enjoy life,” Nelson Cornelius once said. “The foundation’s giving supports things that Fisher as an esteemed member of the Women’s Board.
enhance the reputation of Chicago; which, of course, Lyric Opera does.” Lyric has
named Mezzanine Box 25 in honor of Julius Frankel in grateful recognition of the
Foundation’s significant gift to the Breaking New Ground Campaign.

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JOHN H. KREHBIEL, JR. Tom Hurvis is an avid opera fan and longtime Lyric subscriber. As
Lyric is deeply grateful for the friendship and support of part of the Breaking New Ground Campaign, Tom and his beloved
Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John Krehbiel. A devoted late wife Julie made a generous leadership commitment in support
member of the Women’s Board, Karen has served on of Lyric Unlimited, comprising the company’s education and
several committees, most recently as the 2016 Board community engagement activities. Tom Hurvis sponsors the Renée
of Directors’ Annual Meeting Chair. In addition, she Fleming Initiative, and made a generous leadership gift in support
contributed a very generous gift to the Breaking New Ground Campaign in support of Lyric’s Chicago Voices initiative during the 2016/17 season. Lyric
of stage renovations. The Krehbiel family plays a prominent role in the continued gratefully acknowledges the Hurvis family’s more than 20 years of contributions to
success of the company. Last season, Karen and John joined the production sponsor the Annual Campaign, including several production sponsorships, as well as their
family with their generous support of Carmen and this season made a leadership gift support of The Lyric Opera Broadcasts. Most recently, Tom has given a generous gift
to Wine Auction 2018. to the Ryan Opera Center, endowing a singer in perpetuity in memory of dear friend
Dick Kiphart. “Opera enriches lives. That is why it is so important to introduce
MR. & MRS. DIETRICH M. GROSS young people to opera, and for them to experience productions done by the best
Lyric deeply appreciates the enduring friendship and in their fields. How fortunate we are to have all this right here in Chicago.” Lyric is
tremendous generosity of Dietrich and Erika Gross. honored to have Tom Hurvis serve on its Board of Directors, Executive Committee,
Together, they have sponsored/cosponsored a total of 23 Innovation Committee, and Lyric Unlimited Committee.
Lyric productions since 1987/88, including last season’s
Das Rheingold and this season’s Die Walküre. Through ITW
yearly challenge grants, they also help generate important Lyric Opera deeply appreciates the long tradition of sustaining
momentum for Operathon, Lyric’s annual fundraising broadcast heard live on support from Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW). The company
98.7WFMT. Lyric is honored to name Mezzanine Box 20 in grateful recognition for has made vital contributions to the Annual Campaign and
their leadership gift to the Breaking New Ground Campaign. Dietrich Gross is an the Breaking New Ground Campaign, and since 2002, has
esteemed member of Lyric’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In 2009, cosponsored the Opera Ball, one of Lyric’s most important
Lyric recognized the dedicated leadership and vital involvement of Dietrich Gross by traditions. ITW has cosponsored many productions, including this
Scott Santi
granting him the Carol Fox Award, Lyric’s most prestigious honor. season’s new production of Faust. Lyric is proud to have Chairman
and CEO Scott Santi on its Board of Directors and Executive
JOHN R. HALLIGAN CHARITABLE FUND Committee, along with past ITW Chairmen and CEOs
John R. Halligan was a devoted subscriber and patron of Lyric W. James Farrell, John Nichols, and the late David Speer.
for many years until his death in 2001. With support from his
Charitable Fund under the direction of the Fund’s President, EDGAR D. JANNOTTA
Norman J. Gantz, Mr. Halligan’s philanthropic legacy continues Lyric is extremely grateful for the longstanding of support from
through very generous annual contributions to Lyric. The Ned Jannotta and his beloved late wife Debby. A lifelong opera
Halligan Fund is proud to support numerous artistic, cultural, lover, Ned has been an integral part of the Lyric Opera family,
John R. Halligan and civic organizations which enhance our lifestyles, preserve our joining the Board of Directors in 1987, serving as President and
sense of history and heritage, instill knowledge, and advance our CEO of Lyric Opera from 1996 to 2000, and is currently serving
appreciation of nature. The fund focuses its attention on organizations based in the as Co-Chairman Emeritus. Lyric is honored to have received a
Chicago and Honolulu metropolitan areas, being the communities in which Mr. leadership gift from the Jannottas for the Breaking New Ground Campaign to create
Halligan resided during his lifetime. the Ryan Opera Center Music Director Endowed Chair, in addition to their generous
gifts to the Annual Campaign.
The Harris Family Foundation, represented JENNER & BLOCK
by Pam and Joe Szokol and King and Founded in 1914, Jenner & Block is a leading law firm with global
Caryn Harris, is a valued member of Lyric’s impact and substantial experience in a broad range of legal issues.
production sponsorship family, most recently The firm has long played a prominent role in Chicago’s legal and
cosponsoring last season’s Carmen and this business communities, and is consistently ranked as one of the top
season’s Faust. The Harris Family Foundation firms in the country. Jenner & Block has provided significant pro
Joe and Pam Szokol and King and Caryn Harris
also supports the Annual Campaign, and bono legal expertise to Lyric, along with generous contributions to
made a generous commitment to the Breaking New Ground Campaign to help Craig C. Martin the Breaking New Ground Campaign and the Annual Campaign,
secure Lyric’s future. Lyric is thrilled to have Vice President of the Foundation Lyric is fortunate to have Craig C. Martin, Partner and Chair of
Pam Szokol as a member of its Board of Directors and serving on its Production Jenner & Block’s Litigation Department, as a valued member of its Board of Directors,
Sponsorship Committee. Lyric is also grateful for the dedicated involvement of Nominating/Governance, and
Caryn Harris. Caryn is an active member of the revered Women’s Board and has Executive Committees.
held many leadership positions, most recently as Co-Chair of Opening Night/Opera
Ball in 2015. JPMORGAN CHASE & CO.
Lyric gratefully acknowledges the vital corporate leadership and support of JPMorgan
WALTER E. HELLER FOUNDATION Chase. Along with the bank’s predecessors The First National Bank of Chicago and
Alyce H. DeCosta was a dedicated philanthropist who loved Bank One, JPMorgan Chase has generously contributed to the Annual Campaign,
Chicago and helped nurture cultural life in the city through her Lyric Unlimited, and Wine Auction. The bank has also cosponsored many mainstage
generous support for the arts and higher education. Mrs. DeCosta productions, including this season’s new production
was a leading member of the Lyric family, having served as a National of Orphée et Eurydice, Lyric’s first collaboration with
Director of Lyric’s Board. For many years, she was president of the The Joffrey Ballet.
Walter E. Heller Foundation, a philanthropic foundation named
Alyce H. DeCosta after her late husband, the founder and past Chairman of Walter E.
Heller Co. The Walter E. Heller Foundation has generously funded
many Lyric productions, most recently Lyric’s world premiere of Bel Canto (2015/16)
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The Kaplan Fund is a longstanding supporter of numerous arts organizations Kay and Fred Krehbiel are longstanding dedicated
throughout Chicago, fostering a vibrant visual and performing arts environment. They members of the Lyric Opera family. Lyric gratefully
are joining the Lyric production sponsorship family this season with their generous acknowledges their generous contributions to Wine
sponsorship of Orphée et Eurydice, Lyric’s historic collaboration with The Joffrey Ballet.  Auction, the Annual Campaign, and the Breaking New
Ground Campaign. Kay Krehbiel is a leading and
THE RICHARD P. and SUSAN KIPHART FAMILY cherished member of Lyric’s Women’s Board, and Fred
Susie Kiphart is an esteemed member of the Lyric Opera Krehbiel is a National Director of Lyric’s Board of Directors.
family. She is immediate past President of the Ryan Opera
Center Board, Chair of the Ryan Opera Center Nominating JOSEF and MARGOT LAKONISHOK
Committee, and serves on the Lyric Unlimited Committee. Devoted members of the Lyric family, Josef and Margot
Along with her beloved late husband Dick Kiphart, Susie Lakonishok have subscribed to Lyric for many seasons.
is a passionate philanthropist. They have made leadership They have contributed to the Annual Campaign, and
contributions to the Campaign for Excellence, of which made a significant gift to the Breaking New Ground
Dick served as chairman, and the Breaking New Ground Campaign. They also Campaign. They have also cosponsored several mainstage
continue to provide major support for Lyric’s radio programming as members of the productions, including last year’s Eugene Onegin and
broadcast consortium, sponsorship of Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members, and are this season’s Orphée et Eurydice. The CEO of LSV Asset
generous sponsors of the Renée Fleming Initiative. Lyric will forever be grateful for the Management, Josef Lakonishok is a dedicated member of Lyric’s Board of Directors,
visionary leadership of the late Dick Kiphart. He was a past President and CEO as well serving on the Executive, Finance, and Investment Committees.
as Chairman of Lyric’s Board of Directors, Chairman of the Nominating/Governance
Committee, and a member of the Executive, Finance and Production Sponsorship JOHN D. and CATHERINE T. MacARTHUR FOUNDATION
Committees. The Kipharts’ enthusiasm for opera and heartfelt commitment to Lyric The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective
are tremendous assets to the company, and in recognition of their passion and immense institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful
dedication they received the Carol Fox Award, Lyric’s highest honor, in 2013. world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible
on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration,
KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for
Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a more than 100-year history of providing the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation
exceptional service to clients in Chicago and around the world supports creativity in Chicago through its arts and culture grantmaking. The
in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, Foundation’s support helps create powerful performances and exhibitions, educate
restructuring, and counseling matters. The firm is committed young people, and engage communities, while providing
to enhancing quality of life through educational opportunities, arts and culture organizations the flexibility to innovate
cultural awareness, youth programs, and community outreach. and experiment. Lyric Opera is very grateful for the
Linda K. Myers
Kirkland & Ellis LLP has cosponsored several operas, most recently ongoing support of the MacArthur Foundation.
The Merry Widow (2015/16), and was Lead Corporate Sponsor of the Chicago Voices
Gala Benefit last season. Lyric Opera is fortunate to have Linda K. Myers, a Partner at MALOTT FAMILY FOUNDATION
Kirkland & Ellis LLP, as a member of Robert H. Malott, Retired Chairman and CEO of FMC
its Board of Directors, Executive and Corporation, is a fervent fan of opera and music, and Lyric is
Production Sponsorship Committees. delighted to call him a longtime friend, staunch leader, and
generous supporter. The Malott Room was named in his family’s
NANCY W. KNOWLES honor in recognition of their gift to the Building on Greatness
Opera always played an important role in the life of Nancy W. Capital Campaign, and in recognition of the Malott Family’s
Knowles. Her love for the art form was nurtured by her family’s Robert H. Malott commitment to the Breaking New Ground Campaign, Box 18 is
musical traditions. “My father had hundreds and hundreds of named in perpetuity in honor of Robert H. Malott for his extraordinary generosity
records to play,” she fondly recalled, “so classical music was always and steadfast dedication to Lyric Opera. He also plays a leadership role as a Life
in my home.” Nancy Knowles generously invested her time, Director of Lyric’s Board of Directors.
talents, and leadership abilities to advance Lyric as a member of
the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and formerly as a Guild Board MAZZA FOUNDATION
member. In recognition of her extraordinary gift to the Campaign for Excellence, Lyric deeply appreciates the abiding
Lyric named the Nancy W. Knowles Lobby in 2007. Ms. Knowles once again made friendship and generosity of the Mazza
a significant gift in support of the Breaking New Ground Campaign to support Foundation. Under the guidance of its
the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances fund. Ms. Knowles directors, Mary Jane Rubinelli, Nicholas
generously underwrote the appearance of Lyric’s world premiere Bel Canto on PBS J. Lavezzorio, Joseph O. Rubinelli, Jr.,
Great Performances on January 13, 2017, and had previously cosponsored several and Joan Lavezzorio Schniedwind, the
mainstage operas. In recognition of her outstanding generosity and enthusiasm, she Mazza Foundation provided major
received the Carol Fox Award, Lyric’s highest honor, in 2014. Lyric will forever be Joseph O. Rubinelli, Jr., Mary Jane Rubinelli, Nicholas support for the Student Matinees for
grateful for Nancy's extraordinary generosity. J. Lavezzorio, and Joan Lavezzorio Schniedwind many years, helping Lyric introduce
the majesty and grandeur of opera to
NANCY and SANFRED KOLTUN thousands of young people each season. Since 2005, the Mazza Foundation has been
Close members of the Lyric family as longtime subscribers part of the production sponsorship family, most recently cosponsoring last season’s
and generous supporters, Nancy and Sanfred were Carmen and this season’s new production of Die Walküre.
Ryan Opera Center Singer Cosponsors for many years
and cosponsored the Lyric Unlimited family opera The LAUTER McDOUGAL FAMILY FOUNDATION
Magic Victrola. This season, they join the production Nancy and her late husband Alfred have provided
sponsorship family with their generous support of Così fan tutte. "In the fall of 1954, vital support to the Annual Campaign as well as
I attended Carmen, staged by the precursor of Lyric. That night I fell in love with The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center.
Carmen, opera, and my date. We were married shortly thereafter. Nancy and I have In addition, Nancy generously sponsored Lawrence
loved Lyric Opera and have always supported one of the most cherished cultural Brownlee and Eric Owens in Recital, Lyric Unlimited’s
institutions of Chicago. It is our hope that our children, grandchildren and those Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, and Rising Stars in
beyond will be able to attend Lyric and appreciate what a gem is in their midst." Concert last season.
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Lyric is deeply grateful for The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s long and tremendous Allan and Elaine Muchin are longtime, valued members
history of support. Through a multi-year commitment to Lyric’s American Horizons of the Lyric Opera family. Allan served as President and
initiative in 2000, the Mellon Foundation encouraged presentation of American CEO of the company from 2001 to 2006, and is currently
operas and expansion of the operatic repertory by providing major support for Lyric Co-Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors and
Opera premieres. During the 2012/13 season, the Mellon Foundation provided serves on the Executive Committee. The Muchins have
leadership funding to launch Lyric’s visionary new Lyric Unlimited programming, staunchly supported the Annual Campaign, Operathon,
which included the Chicago premiere of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, the world’s and the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert,
first Mariachi opera. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation continued its generous and have committed leadership gifts to the Building on Greatness Capital Campaign,
partnership with Lyric Unlimited by providing outstanding support for Lyric’s world the Campaign for Excellence, and the Breaking New Ground Campaign. Lyric is
premiere mariachi opera El Pasado Nunca Se Termina, and continued its unparalleled extremely grateful for Allan and Elaine Muchin’s munificent friendship.
legacy by cosponsoring last season’s world premiere of mainstage production Bel
Canto. Most recently, the Mellon Foundation has provided generous leadership NATIONAL ENDOWMENT for the ARTS
funding for Lyric’s Chicago Voices initiative, specifically focused on the Community Our support from the National Endowment for the Arts: Grants awarded by
Created Performances component, which plays a vital role the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have played a leading role in the
in bringing together Chicago’s diverse communities and advancement of Lyric’s programming and expansion of the operatic repertoire, serving
vocal traditions in celebration of the human voice. the public good by fostering creativity and artistic excellence in America. Through
production and program funding as well as a major challenge grant, awards from
THE MONUMENT TRUST (UK) the NEA have nurtured Lyric’s world-class artistic achievements. The Endowment
Lyric is grateful for the generosity of The Monument Trust and its Chairman of has funded important artistic initiatives at Lyric such as American Horizons, Great
trustees Stewart Grimshaw, who initiated their support for the cosponsorship of American Voices, and Toward the 21st Century. The NEA has provided vital support
Rusalka in 2013/14 and cosponsored Anna Bolena (2014/15), Wozzeck (2015/16), for numerous Lyric Opera premieres, new
and The Magic Flute (2016/17). The Monument Trust is a passionate supporter of the productions, and revivals, most recently
arts in the U.K. and U.S. and cosponsors last season’s Les Troyens and this season’s 
Lyric’s new production of Orphée et I Puritani.
Eurydice this season.
MR. and MRS. ROBERT S. MORRISON The founder of The Negaunee Foundation has great affection for music, the
Susan and Bob Morrison are devoted members of performing arts, and Mozart. These interests, combined with a strong admiration
the Lyric Opera family. Both are loyal subscribers of Lyric Opera, have been instrumental in bringing operas to Lyric’s mainstage.
and patrons who take an active role in nurturing The Negaunee Foundation has cosponsored many productions, most recently last
Lyric’s success. Susan Morrison is a leading member season’s productions of The Magic Flute and My Fair Lady. This season The Negaunee
of the Women’s Board. Lyric is fortunate to have Bob Foundation is of the lead sponsor of both Così fan tutte and Jesus Christ Superstar. The
Morrison serve as a member of its Board of Directors. Negaunee Foundation has also made a generous gift to the Breaking New Ground
The Morrisons have generously supported the Opera Campaign. Lyric is very fortunate to be among the Chicago cultural institutions
Ball and Wine Auction as well as the Annual Campaign benefitting from The Negaunee Foundation’s leadership and financial commitment.
for many years. They provided a substantial gift to the Lyric is honored to have The Negaunee Foundation’s president serve as a member of
Breaking New Ground Campaign, and have previously cosponsored Lyric’s Musical its Board of Directors and Audit Committee.
Theatre Initiative, including My Fair Lady last season. This season the Morrisons are
generously sponsoring Lyric’s production of Turandot. “Lyric reaches patrons at every SYLVIA NEIL and DANIEL FISCHEL
level. People are here because they love it. They’re welcomed, embraced, and made to Sylvia and Dan have been loyal Lyric Opera subscribers
feel part of a family.” and donors for many years, and have cosponsored several
mainstage opera productions, including last season’s
THE ELIZABETH MORSE CHARITABLE TRUST Lucia di Lammermoor and this year’s The Pearl Fishers.
Lyric sincerely appreciates the tremendous ongoing support of They made a generous gift to the Breaking New Ground
The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, as well as the invaluable Campaign to help secure Lyric’s future. “It has been very
leadership of the Trust’s Co-Trustees JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. enjoyable to become part of the Lyric family and to give
and James L. Alexander. One of two trusts established in memory back to a place that has given us so much pleasure. There have been many moments for
of Elizabeth Morse Genius, daughter of 19th-century industrialist both Dan and me when we have said, tonight is incredible, it is one of the memorable
Charles Hosmer Morse, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust performances of our lifetime. Lyric Opera of Chicago is an international star and it
Elizabeth Morse Genius
supports non-profit organizations that reflect the values of thrift, is evidenced by the people who choose to be involved here.”Lyric is honored to have
humility, industry, self-sufficiency, and self-sacrifice, such as Lyric Opera. The Sylvia Neil serve on its Board of Directors, Executive, Production Sponsorship, and
Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust most recently cosponsored last season’s company Lyric Unlimited Committees.
premiere of Les Troyens as well as many past productions, along with its sister trust, the
Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust. To show its grateful appreciation for The THE NERENBERG FOUNDATION
Trust’s generous gift to the Breaking New Ground Campaign, as well as to recognize During their lifetimes, Jerry and Elaine Nerenberg
The Trust’s commitment for more than fifteen years to helping build the company’s were passionate supporters of Lyric Opera and
core capacities and institutional infrastructure, Lyric named one of its key meeting subscribed for more than 30 years. They were
rooms in its executive offices the Elizabeth Morse Conference Room. especially supportive of The Patrick G. and Shirley
W. Ryan Opera Center and loved to watch these
young artists perform and grow at Lyric Opera.
Jerry and Elaine Nerenberg
Jerry Nerenberg and his wife Elaine passed away
in 2005 and 2007, respectively. In their wills, they established The Jerome and
Elaine Nerenberg Foundation, which was funded to make generous annual grants
to Lyric Opera for many years to come. Lyric is very appreciative of the Nerenbergs’
thoughtfulness and generosity in creating this planned gift.

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Founding owners/managers of former radio station WNIB, Sonia Lyric is sincerely grateful for the devotion of David
and the late William Florian established the NIB Foundation to and Sheila Ormesher. David is founder and CEO of
extend their support to many worthwhile arts and environmental closerlook, inc., a Chicago-based digital marketing
causes. Sonia is a devoted member of the Lyric family, having agency serving the pharmaceutical industry since 1987.
subscribed to Lyric for more than four decades. The NIB closerlook has given generously to Lyric Opera for many
Foundation continues to cosponsor many mainstage productions years, sponsoring Fantasy of the Opera from 2009 to
Sonia Florian including this season’s production of Orphée et Eurydice, and made 2014 and the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park
a major commitment to the Breaking New Ground Campaign. concert for six consecutive years. Most recently, David and Sheila generously provided
In addition to their magnanimous financial support, Mr. and Mrs. Florian and the an Operathon Challenge Grant, supported the Opera Ball, and made a leadership
NIB Foundation gave their valuable collection of operatic and other vocal recordings gift towards the Breaking New Ground Campaign. Lyric is proud to have David
to Lyric, making Lyric’s Educational Library Collection one of the most extensive T. Ormesher serving as its Chairman of the Board of Directors, on the Executive
collections of its kind in the country. Sonia Florian very generously provided Committee, and on seven sub-committees of the Board.
a naming gift for the Florian Opera Bistro located on the third floor of the Lyric
Opera House. Sonia is a vital member of Lyric’s MR. and MRS. WILLIAM A. OSBORN
Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Bill and Cathy Osborn are devoted members of the
Production Sponsorship Committee, and was Lyric Opera family. They have subscribed to Lyric for
awarded the Carol Fox Award, Lyric’s most over two decades and enjoy participating in special
prestigious honor, in 2015 for her outstanding events such as Opening Night/Opera Ball and Wine
commitment to the company. Auction. The Osborns have generously contributed to
the Annual Campaign and the Breaking New Ground
JOHN D. and ALEXANDRA C. NICHOLS Campaign. Cathy Osborn, a valued member of Lyric’s
Longtime enthusiasts of arts and culture in Chicago, John Women’s Board, was Co-Chairman of Lyric’s highly successful Wine Auction 2009,
D. and Alexandra C. Nichols have steadfastly supported and Chairman of Opera Ball 2013. William A. Osborn, Northern Trust’s Retired
the Annual Campaign, and are generous sponsors of the Chairman and CEO, is a leading member of Lyric’s Board of Directors and Executive
Renée Fleming Initiative. Lyric Opera is extremely grateful Committee.
for John and Alexandra Nichols’ significant leadership
contributions to both the Campaign for Excellence and POWERSHARES QQQ
the Breaking New Ground Campaign, establishing the John D. and Alexandra C. PowerShares QQQ, represented by Dan Draper, Managing
Nichols Grand Staircase. Retired Chairman and CEO of Illinois Tool Works and Director and Head of Global ETFs, PowerShares by Invesco, is
Retired Vice Chairman and CEO of The Marmon Group, Inc., John Nichols is also proud to sponsor the arts as a corporate partner of Lyric Opera.
a dedicated National Director of Lyric’s Board of Directors. “Our involvement with They previously cosponsored the productions of Cinderella and
the opera company is truly a deeply rewarding experience for both of us.” Lyric is Romeo and Juliet, and they generously cosponsored Lyric’s new
immensely grateful for the unwavering generosity of John and Alexandra Nichols. production of The Magic Flute last season. During the 2017/18
Dan Draper season, PowerShares QQQ generously cosponsors Turandot.
NORTHERN TRUST PowerShares global network recognizes the value in helping
Lyric is honored to have Jana R. Schreuder, chief operating officer investors around the world, but with headquarters in Downers Grove, "We also
of Northern Trust, serve as a member of Lyric’s Board of Directors, support Lyric Opera’s deep engagement with the
Executive and Finance Committees, and William A. Osborn, local community to foster a rich culture of arts right
Northern Trust’s retired chairman and CEO, serve as a member here in Chicago."
of Lyric’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. A leading
global financial services provider, Northern Trust has enjoyed a long- PRITZKER FOUNDATION
Jana R. Schreuder standing and significant relationship with Lyric. Based in Chicago, The Pritzker Foundation is a leading supporter of arts
the firm has played a major role supporting the Annual Campaign and education philanthropies in Chicago. Lyric Opera
and Lyric Unlimited. Northern Trust also provides vital leadership contributions of Chicago is truly grateful for the Pritzker Foundation’s
to Lyric as presenting sponsor of the triennial Wine Auction since 2000, and as generous support of the Breaking New Ground Campaign
cosponsor of the Opera Ball (annually since 1998). In addition, Northern Trust to underwrite the Pritzker Family Concert Shell, designed
has cosponsored several mainstage productions including last season’s My Fair by renowned Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and Studio
Lady. "Being a good corporate citizen is very Gang architects. Lyric Opera is honored to have Life
important," William Osborn once said. "It Member Mrs. Jay A. Pritzker and M. K. Pritzker serve on
allows us to do our part to help keep the City Mr. and Mrs. Jay A. Pritzker its esteemed Women’s Board.
of Chicago strong and viable and, in the end,
this is beneficial to everyone."
NUVEEN INVESTMENTS Anne and Chris Reyes are prominent members of the
Nuveen Investments, represented by Lyric Board of Directors Lyric family. A past President of Lyric’s Women’s Board,
and Finance committee member John P. Amboian, has been an Anne was recently elected to serve on Lyric’s Board of
enthusiastic supporter for more than three decades. “Lyric Opera is Directors, Executive and Lyric Unlimited Committees;
one of the gems of Chicago; a world-class endeavor in every aspect of Chris is also a valued member of the Board of Directors,
its operation” proudly says John. Dedicated to developing the next and serves on its Nominating/Governance and Finance
generation of opera lovers, Nuveen Investments provided general Committees. Together they have made important
John P. Amboian support for Lyric’s education and community engagement initiatives, contributions to Lyric as cosponsors of several mainstage productions, including this
and has underwritten NEXT season’s Jesus Christ Superstar. They have staunchly supported the Wine Auction and
student discount tickets. Nuveen Investments are major supporters of the Annual Campaign, Breaking New Ground Campaign,
has also cosponsored several mainstage opera and Lyric Unlimited.
productions and has committed a leadership gift
to the Breaking New Ground Campaign. 

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A graduate of the University of Illinois and life-long arts philanthropist Lloyd E. Prominent members of the Lyric family for many seasons, Brenda
Rigler established the Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation in 1977 in Shapiro and her late husband Earl provided vital support to the
memory of his partner to provide major support to arts organizations in Los Angeles Annual Campaign and the Breaking New Ground Campaign.
and nationwide. In 1994, the late Mr. Rigler established the Classic Arts Showcase in The Foundation has cosponsored several mainstage productions,
an effort to provide free arts programming to those who could not afford to attend most recently last season’s presentation of Norma. Lyric is honored
live performances. Mr. Rigler’s nephew James Rigler now serves as President of the to have Brenda Shapiro serve on the Board of Directors as well
Foundation and continues the important legacy established by his late uncle. As Brenda Shapiro as the Executive, Production Sponsorship, and Lyric Unlimited
Lyric strives to expand its reach and relevance, it is grateful to the Rigler-Deutsch Committees.
Foundation for its support of the annual Operathon broadcast on 98.7WFMT. The
Rigler-Deutsch Foundation also generously cosponsored Lyric’s company premiere of WILLIAM and ARLENE STALEY
Les Troyens last season and is cosponsoring Die Walküre this season. Loyal subscribers for more than four decades, Bill and
Orli Staley have contributed to the Annual Campaign
PATRICK G. RYAN and as well as provided vital support for the Ryan Opera
SHIRLEY WELSH RYAN Center. Recently, they have enabled hundreds of students
Lyric cherishes the enduring friendship and dedication of to see mainstage Lyric productions by supporting Lyric
Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan. Since 1966 when they Unlimited’s Performances for Students initiative. Lyric is
first subscribed to Lyric as newlyweds, they have shared honored to have Orli Staley serve as a life member of the
their leadership, talents, vision, and resources to advance Ryan Opera Center Board. The Staleys join the production sponsor family this season
Lyric’s mission. Over the past four decades, the Ryans with their generous cosponsorship of Lyric’s new production of Orphée et Eurydice.
have contributed generously to the Annual Campaign,
Wine Auctions (which Mrs. Ryan initiated in 1988), and LIZ STIFFEL
the Breaking New Ground Campaign in support of the Innovation Initiative. In A passionate devotee of opera and loyal subscriber at Lyric, Liz is a
recognition of his leadership role in the Building on Greatness Capital Campaign, prominent member of Lyric’s Women’s Board and a longstanding
Pat Ryan was a recipient of the 1994 Carol Fox Award. For many seasons, they have member of the Guild Board of Directors. She has cosponsored
sponsored Lyric Opera Commentaries, underwriting this special project to honor the several mainstage productions, most recently Carousel (2014/15),
memory of their parents. The Ryans are sponsors of the Renée Fleming Initiative and Das Rheingold and My Fair Lady (both 2016/17), and this season’s
Lyric’s premier artist development program was renamed The Patrick G. and Shirley new production of Orphée et Eurydice. Lyric has named Mezzanine
W. Ryan Opera Center in recognition of their extraordinary gift to the Campaign for Box 1 in recognition of her significant gift to the Breaking New
Excellence. Pat and Shirley serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Ryan Opera Center Ground Campaign. Liz Stiffel was awarded the 2017 Carol Fox Award, Lyric’s most
Board. A Vice President and a member of the Executive, Nominating/Governance, prestigious honor, in recognition of her continuing dedication to Lyric. “I believe
and Innovation Committees of Lyric’s Board of Directors and a distinguished former that Lyric and all art forms are beacons of light that shine as examples of the best that
President of the Women’s Board, Shirley Welsh Ryan was awarded the 2008 Carol mankind has to offer to our children, our nation, and ourselves.”
Fox Award, Lyric’s most prestigious honor, in recognition of her many years of
devoted service to the company. MRS. HERBERT A. VANCE and
RICHARD O. RYAN Lyric Opera appreciates the extraordinary generosity
A passionate supporter of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan and leadership of the Vance Family. The Vances have
Opera Center, Lyric’s premier artist development program, generously sponsored/cosponsored several Lyric premieres
Richard cosponsors Ryan Opera Center soprano Ann Toomey. and new productions, most recently last season’s My
An ardent opera lover, Richard has been a Lyric subscriber for Fair Lady. For many years, the Vances have supported
more than 45 years. He recently made a generous leadership emerging singers through their sponsorship of Ryan
commitment to Lyric’s Breaking New Ground Campaign for the Opera Center Ensemble members. In addition, Mr. and
stage improvement project. Richard proudly serves as a member of the Ryan Opera Mrs. William C. Vance contributed to the Breaking New
Carol and William Vance
Center Board, and was formerly a Guild Board member. Lyric is grateful for the Ground Campaign, and are generous sponsors of the
munificent support of Richard Ryan. Renée Fleming Initiative. Mr. Vance is Vice President and an esteemed member of
Lyric’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He also serves as a life member
DR. SCHOLL FOUNDATION of the Ryan Opera Center Board, of which he is a past President. Bill Vance was
Since 1983, the Dr. Scholl Foundation’s commitment to awarded the 2016 Carol Fox Award, Lyric’s most prestigious honor, in recognition of
children, families and educational enrichment through his leadership, steadfast support, and many years of devoted service to Lyric Opera.
the arts has led it to provide essential support for one of
Lyric’s most popular cultural engagement opportunities
available to young Chicagoans, the Student Matinees.
Each year, these widely accessible performances at Lyric
Jack and Catherine Scholl Opera of Chicago reach audiences of junior high and high
school students, many of whom are experiencing opera for the first time. Lyric Opera
is deeply grateful to the Dr. Scholl Foundation for its generous ongoing support
of Student Matinees/Performances for Students, commemorating Catherine A. and
Jack E. Scholl, who championed cultural and institutional education.

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Donna Van Eekeren is a devoted opera fan, Lyric subscriber, Roberta and Bob Washlow are cherished members
and generous supporter of the Ryan Opera Center. She enjoys of the Lyric family. For more than four decades,
encouraging talented young artists as Lead Sponsor of Rising they have enjoyed attending Lyric performances and
Stars in Concert and Exclusive Sponsor of its radio rebroadcast on special events, and have generously supported the
98.7WFMT. Reflecting her passion for introducing young people Annual Campaign. Since 1986, the Port, Washlow,
to opera, the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation has supported and Errant Families together sponsored more than 20
Donna Van Eekeren Lyric’s Performances for Students, NEXT discount tickets for Lyric productions. The Washlows made a generous
college students, and Opera in the Neighborhoods. The Donna commitment to the Breaking New Ground Campaign to support Lyric Unlimited
Van Eekeren Foundation has cosponsored several mainstage productions including activities. Roberta and Bob have annually remained valued members of the
Lyric’s premiere of Les Troyens (2016/17) and this season’s production of I Puritani. production sponsorship family, and generously cosponsor this season’s production
Donna also made a leadership gift to the Breaking New Ground Campaign to help of Rigoletto, their tenth opera cosponsorship, continuing a beloved family tradition.
secure Lyric’s future. Executive Chairman of Land O’Frost, Donna Van Eekeren is a Lyric is honored to have Roberta Washlow as an esteemed member of its Board of
valued member of Lyric’s Board of Directors, serving as Secretary of the Board, on the Directors and Lyric Unlimited Committee. “Opera has always touched me,” Roberta
Executive and Finance Committees, and on the Ryan Opera Center Board. once said. “I love the drama, passion, music, and excitement of a live performance
at Lyric. Nothing can replace it, and I hope this beautiful art form will continue for
The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve learning and
enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of the arts for everyone. HELEN and SAM ZELL
Wallace has an unusual approach: funding projects to test innovative ideas for solving Helen and Sam Zell are passionate supporters of
important social problems, conducting research to find out what works and what Chicago’s vibrant cultural scene. They are longtime
doesn’t and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help subscribers to Lyric Opera and have contributed to the
others. Lyric Opera is the recipient of a multi-phase grant as part of the Foundation’s Annual Campaign for many years. Helen and Sam have
Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative; the grant is funding research and cosponsored several new productions, most recently
analysis of Lyric Opera audiences, and will reveal the first two installments of Lyric’s new Ring cycle, Das
ways in which Lyric can maximize its reach in the Rheingold (2016/17) and this season’s Die Walküre.
community. Lyric’s work will inform lessons that will
be shared with the broader field.

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Wine Auction Co-Chairs: Keith Kiley Goldstein

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Catalogue Sponsor: Liz Stiffel
2018 Honored Guest Winery: Château Margaux

LYRIC’S FAMED 2018 Honoree: Shirley Welsh Ryan

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WINE AUCTION Auctioneers: Hart Davis Hart



Donations of rare and fine wines, champagnes and spirits, rooms in five-star hotels, and luxury gift items are appreciated at this time.
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The Breaking New Ground Campaign was launched in January 2013 to implement
the company’s blueprint for a world-class, twenty-first century opera company. This
Campaign allows Lyric to continue to produce major productions of the highest
caliber, update media, marketing, and audience development programs, and fortify
Lyric’s endowment. The current focus of the Campaign is to modernize the stage of
the Ardis Krainik Theatre with state-of-the-art equipment.
To that end, we have established a new Insull Society comprised of loyal patrons
who are contributing $10,000 or more for this critically important stage project. To
join the Insull Society, please call 312.827.5675.
Lyric Opera is grateful to the following donors who have made contributions of $5,000 and above to the Campaign as of July 1, 2017.

Anonymous Nuveen Investments

Caerus Foundation, Inc. Sheila and David Ormesher
The Monument Trust (UK) Mr. and Mrs. William A. Osborn
The Negaunee Foundation PwC
John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols David Ramon*
J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation
Patrick G. Ryan and Shirley Welsh Ryan John and Ann Amboian
Robert and Evelyn McCullen
Julie and Roger Baskes Allan and Elaine Muchin
Christopher Carlo and Robert Chaney Northern Trust
David and Orit Carpenter Susan and Robert E. Wood II
Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross*
Nancy W. Knowles Anonymous (3)
Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
The Barker Welfare Foundation*
Anonymous Marion A. Cameron
Abbott and Abbott Fund Ann and Reed Coleman*
The Crown Family Nancy Dehmlow
Stefan T. Edlis and H. Gael Neeson* John Edelman and Suzanne Krohn
Donna Van Eekeren Foundation Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell
The Ferguson-Yntema Family Charitable Trust
Anonymous (2) Elaine Frank*
Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Gidwitz
The Henry and Gilda Buchbinder Family Foundation Sue and Melvin Gray*
Julius Frankel Foundation Mr. and Mrs. George E. Johnson
Gramma Fisher Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa Mr. and Mrs. George D. Kennedy
The Harris Family Foundation Lavin Family Foundation
The Richard P. and Susan Kiphart Family Blythe Jaski McGarvie
Josef and Margot Lakonishok Jeffrey C. Neal and Susan J. Cellmer
Robert H. Malott Mr. and Mrs. James J. O’Connor
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Morrison Edward B. Rouse and Barbara R. Rouse
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Redfield Rose L. Shure Trust
Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Thomas*
Lisbeth Cherniack Stiffel Roberta L. Washlow and Robert J. Washlow
Anne Zenzer Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Weiss
Anonymous Anonymous
Alice and John Butler* Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Anderson
Jack and Peggy Crowe Mr. and Mrs. Larry A. Barden
Maurice J. and Patricia Frank John W. and Rosemary K. Brown Family Foundation
Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust* Joyce Chelberg*
ITW Estate of Nelson D. Cornelius
Edgar D. Jannotta Family Vinay Couto and Lynn Vincent
Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Krehbiel Ann M. Drake
The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust* Eisen Family Foundation
NIB Foundation Lloyd Gerlach, in memory of Mary Ann Gerlach*
Pritzker Foundation Virginia and Gary Gerst*
Richard O. Ryan Ruth Ann M. Gillis and Michael J. McGuinnis
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance* Mr. and Mrs. Rodney L. Goldstein
Phillip and Norma Gordon*
Ada and Whitney Addington HMR Designs
James N. and Laurie V. Bay Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.*
Bulley & Andrews Komarek-Hyde-McQueen Foundation/
Amy and Paul Carbone Patricia Hyde
Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Considine Susan M. Miller*
Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Ferro, Jr. Near North Chapter*
Brent and Katie Gledhill William C. and Nancy Richardson*
Ethel and William Gofen Candy and Gary Ridgway*
Jenner & Block Collin and Lili Roche
Jim and Kay Mabie Mrs. Robert E. Sargent
Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel Marsha Serlin
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Larry G. Simpson and Edward T. Zasadil* Helen Brach Foundation
Mary Stowell Rosemarie and Dean L. Buntrock Anonymous (2)
Mr. and Mrs. Eric L. Hirschfield* Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Applebaum
Anonymous Ms. Elizabeth Hoffman* Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Arensman
Ken and Amy Aldridge* Howard E. Jessen Mrs. Walter F. Brissenden
American Airlines Dr. Anne M. Juhasz* Jane B. and John C. Colman
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Beata Elizabeth A. Khalil* Mitch Crask, Ph.D.
Diane and Michael Beemer* Burt and Mary Ann Lewis* Dr. and Mrs. Tapas K. Das Gupta
Ross and Patricia D. Bender* Maura Ann McBreen Drs. George and Sally Dunea
Sir Andrew Davis and Lady Gianna Rolandi Davis Sarah Miller* Daniel Groteke and Patricia Taplick
Erika E. Erich* Matt and Carrie Parr Dr. Mona J. Hagyard
Anthony Freud and Colin Ure Karen and Tom Phillips* Mr. and Mrs. William J. Hank
James R. Grimes Allan and Meline Pickus Foundation Carrie and Harry Hightman
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Hay Ellie Radvanovsky* Capt. Bernardo Iorgulesco USMC Memorial Fund
Carl J. Hildner* The Rhoades Foundation* Wayne S. and Lenore M. Kaplan
James and Mary Houston Norman Sackar* John and Mary Kohlmeier
Mr. and Mrs. Roger B. Hull Linda Samuelson and Joel Howell* Richard and Susan Levy
The King Family Foundation Claudia Saran Lester and Mary Jane Marriner
Reinhardt H. and Shirley R. Jahn Foundation* Alan Schriesheim* Mr. and Mrs. Gregory L. Melchor
Frank B. Modruson and Lynne C. Shigley Mr. and Mrs. Eric S. Smith Kate B. Morrison
Kenneth R. Norgan Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Stark Linda K. and Dennis M. Myers
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Oberlander* Dr. Cynthia V. Stauffacher Ellie Radvanovsky
Joseph O. Rubinelli, Jr. Michael and Salme Harju Steinberg Rodd M. Schreiber and Susan Hassan
Howard Solomon and Sarah Billinghurst Solomon Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Taylor Ilene Simmons
David J. Varnerin* Virginia Tobiason* Mrs. John Stanek
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Richard and Marietta Toft* Ms. Carla M. Thorpe
Owen and Linda Youngman* Mr. and Mrs. James M. Trapp* Gwenyth B. Warton
U.S. Bank* Pam and David Waud
Mrs. John H. Andersen* Mr. and Mrs. Peter Van Nice Mrs. John A. Wing
Dr. Michael Angell* Michal C. Wadsworth
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr.* Michael Welsh and Linda Brummer
E. M. Bakwin David and Linda Wesselink

*Insull Society Member: Gifts of $10,000 or more allocated to the stage renovation.
Lyric is extremely grateful to the many donors who have made gifts of less than $5,000 to the Breaking New Ground Campaign. Space limitations prevent
listing the names of these donors but their generosity is sincerely appreciated.

Look To The Future – Endowed Chairs and Programs

The Women’s Board General Director Verdi Endowed Chair Estate of Robert and Isabelle Bass
Endowed Chair Wagner Endowed Chair – A Gift From An George F. and Linda L. Brusky Youth
In Loving Memory Of Ardis Krainik Anonymous Donor Education Endowment Fund
John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Shirley and Benjamin Gould Endowment Fund
Music Director Endowed Chair Mrs. R. Robert Funderburg Concertmaster John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Endowed Chair Hope Baldwin McCormick Trust
Richard P. and Susan Kiphart Costume Director
Howard A. Stotler Chorus Master
Endowed Chair
Mary-Louise and James S. Aagaard FUNDS
Chapters’ Endowed Chair For Education
Lighting Designer Endowed Chair Anonymous
In Memory Of Alfred Glasser
In Honor Of Duane Schuler Thomas Doran
The Ryan Opera Center Board Opera Center
Jannotta Family Ryan Opera Center J. Thomas Hurvis In Memory of Richard P. Kiphart
Director Endowed Chair
Music Director Endowed Chair Edgar D. Jannotta Family
Robert and Ellen Marks Ryan Opera Center Philip G. Lumpkin
Robert and Ellen Marks American Opera Vocal Studies Program Endowed Chair
Endowed Chair Robert Marks
In Honor Of Gianna Rolandi Estate of Marjorie Mayhall
Baroque Opera Endowed Chair – A Gift From Allan and Elaine Muchin Production and
An Anonymous Donor Richard Pearlman Charitable Trust Fund for Music
Technical Director Endowed Chair Lois B. Siegel
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Redfield Marlys Beider Wigmaster and Makeup Designer
Bel Canto Opera Endowed Chair Joanne Silver
Endowed Chair The Lois L. Ward Trust
W. James and Maxine P. Farrell In Memory Of Harold Beider
French Opera Endowed Chair Boyd Edmonston & Edward Warro Endowment Fund
Irma Parker German Opera Endowed Chair LYRIC OPERA ENDOWED PROGRAM Drs. Joan and Russ Zajtchuk
The NIB Foundation Italian Opera Distinguished Conductor Award
Endowed Chair Sarah and A. Watson Armour III PRODUCTION ENDOWMENT FUND
Regenstein Foundation Mozart Endowed Chair Nelson Cornelius Trust
In Memory Of Ruth Regenstein James K. Genden and Alma Koppedraijer
William E. and Mary Gannon Hay Joanne Silver
Puccini Endowed Chair

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Major Contributors—Special Events and Project Support

Lyric Opera is grateful to the following generous donors for their support of special events and projects. Listings include contributors whose gifts of
$5,000 and above were received by September 1, 2017.
Annual Meeting Dinner 2017 Operathon Reed Smith LLP
Strategy&, part of the PwC network Ardmore Associates Collin and Lili Roche
Audience Development Initiative 98.7WFMT Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Rouse
The Wallace Foundation Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan
Operathon Challenge Grants Alan Schriesheim and Kay Torshen
Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts Amsted Industries Foundation Nancy S. Searle
The Richard P. and Susan Kiphart Family Anonymous Mary Lynne Shafer
The Matthew and Kay Bucksbaum Family Rhoda L. and Henry S. Frank Skadden/Rodd Schreiber and Susan Hassan
The John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Foundation Mrs. John C. Hedley Spencer Stuart
Cast Parties David J. and Dolores D. Nelson Liz Stiffel
Donald and Anne Edwards Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch UL LLC
Marilyn D. Ezri, M.D. Foundation Meredith and Patrick Wood Prince/
Stephen Kohl and Mark Tilton Lawrence E. Timmins Trust Prince Charitable Trusts
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Weiss Operathon Merchandise Sponsor Anne Zenzer and Dominick DeLuca
Innovation Initiative Fellowes, Inc. Wine Auction 2018
Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Overture Society Luncheons Presenting Sponsor:
Mr. and Mrs. Merrill E. Blau Northern Trust
Lyric Signature Events
PwC Rhoda L. and Henry S. Frank Catalogue Sponsor:
United Scrap Metal, Inc. Susan M. Miller Liz Stiffel
Official Airline Planned Giving Seminars Wine Auction Reception Sponsor:
American Airlines William Blair & Company Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H.
Morgan Stanley (2) Krehbiel, Jr.
Opening Night Gala
Aon Projected English Titles Official Airline:
Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch American Airlines
Opera Ball Foundation
ITW Premium Patrons:
Northern Trust Renée Fleming Initiative Anonymous
Anonymous Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
Opening Night Gala and Opera Ball Fund Mr. and Mrs. John V. Crowe Mr. and Mrs. Rodney L. Goldstein
Abbott The Crown Family ITW
Ada and Whitney Addington J. Thomas Hurvis Make It Better Media
Aon The Richard P. and Susan Kiphart Family Blythe Jaski McGarvie
BMO Harris Bank John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Annie and Gregory K. Jones Family
Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Buchbinder Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation
Mrs. Audre D. Carlin Silvia and Jay Krehbiel
Greg and Mamie Case Spring Musical Celebration 2017
Lead Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Morrison
The Crown Family Mr. and Mrs. William A. Osborn
Eisen Family Foundation Zurich
JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation
Harris Family Foundation Premium Patrons: The PrivateBank
King and Caryn Harris Bain & Company John Raitt
Pam and Joe Szokol Baird Sipi Metals Corp.
Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Bulley & Andrews/Suzette and Allan Bulley Carl and Marilynn Thoma
Krehbiel, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michel W. Ferro, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Huebner Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Gidwitz Additional Support:
ITW First Midwest Bank Greg and Mamie Case
Jenner & Block Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and Edgar D. Jannotta
Nancy W. Knowles John H. Krehbiel, Jr. Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan
Northern Trust J. Thomas Hurvis
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Osborn ITW
J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Annie and Greg Jones Family Foundation
Betsy and Andy Rosenfield Dr. and Mrs. Mark F. Kozloff
Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan KPMG LLP
Nancy S. Searle Lazard
Mr. and Mrs. Alejandro Silva Dr. and Mrs. Andrew O. and Daria M.
Ellen and Jim Stirling Lewicky
U.S. Bank/Marsha Cruzan Florence D. McMillan/Cynthia Sargent
Donna Van Eekeren Foundation Quarles & Brady LLP/Patrick J. Bitterman

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Lyric Unlimited
Lyric Opera is grateful to the following generous donors for their support of Lyric Unlimited programs. Listings include contributors of gifts of
$5,000 and above received by September 1, 2017.

With Major Support from

the Caerus Foundation, Inc.
Caminos a la ópera (Pathways to Opera)
Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation/
Judy Guitelman & ALAS Wings
Rosy and Jose Luis Prado

Chicago Voices
Leadership Funding:
J. Thomas Hurvis
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Ford Foundation
Additional Support:
The Chicago Community Trust
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and
Special Events
Eisen Family Foundation
Hundreds of students go behind the scenes at the Lyric Opera House though Lyric Unlimited Student Backstage Tours
Empower Youth!
Igniting Creativity through the Arts
Leadership Funding:
The Dolores Kohl Education Foundation - Pre-Opera Talks
Centene Charitable Foundation
Morris & Dolores Kohl Kaplan Fund Raynette and Ned Boshell
Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc. James and Michele Young
Family Day at Lyric
Bank of America
Northern Trust Senior Matinee
Rose L. Shure Charitable Trust Buehler Family Foundation
Fellow Travelers
Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Weinberg Lannan Foundation
The Wallace Foundation
Michael Welsh and Linda Brummer Dr. Sondra C. Rabin
The Retirement Research Foundation
General Support
NEXT Student Ticket Program Siragusa Family Foundation
Leadership Funding:
Leadership Funding:
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Grainger Foundation Student Backstage Tours
Additional Support: Shirley and Benjamin Gould Endowment Fund
Additional Support:
Anonymous (3)
Paul and Mary Anderson
The Barker Welfare Foundation Youth Opera Council
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr.
Baxter International, Inc. Terry J. Medhurst
The Brinson Foundation
Helen Brach Foundation Penelope and Robert Steiner
Elaine Frank
Renée Fleming
Komarek-Hyde-McQueen Foundation/
Eric and Deb Hirschfield
Patricia Hyde
Nuveen Investments

With Major Support provided from the Nancy W. Knowles Stars of Lyric Opera at
Student and Family Performances Fund Millennium Park 2017
Chicago Public Schools Bus Scholarship Performances for Students Lead Sponsor:
U.S. Bank Foundation Bulley & Andrews closerlook, inc.
John Hart and Carol Prins Cosponsors:
Opera in the Neighborhoods Dr. Scholl Foundation Rhoda L. and Henry S. Frank
Anonymous Segal Family Foundation Anonymous Donor
Bill and Orli Staley Foundation Amy and Paul Carbone
Opera Residencies for Schools Crain-Maling Foundation
Anonymous The Scorpions’ Sting Fifth Third Bank
BNY Mellon Anonymous Annie & Greg Jones Family Foundation
Robert & Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc. Dover Foundation Sipi Metals Corp.
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Robert and Evelyn McCullen Lake Geneva Chapter
Polk Bros. Foundation Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow Allan and Elaine Muchin
Wintrust Community Banks Komarek-Hyde-McQueen Foundation/
Patricia Hyde
Music Performance Trust Fund and Film Funds

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CLAIM YOUR We are once again offering the opportunity to delve deeper into
the Ring by joining the Valhalla Circle—a giving society designed

PLACE AMONGST specifically for fans who wish to learn more from Lyric’s artistic staff
while mingling with fellow “Ringheads.” Valhalla Circle members enjoy
THE GODS. complimentary valet parking, Ring merchandise, dress rehearsal passes,
or even a private backstage tour just before the curtain rises.

Sign on at the Siegfried level or higher and receive early access to purchase
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Take advantage of this limited-time offer!

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Technical rehearsal for Die Walküre. Photo by Michael Brosilow. LYRICOPERA.ORG/ VALHALLACIRCLE 312.827.5686

“Don’t let your boat sail off before you name Lyric in your estate plan.”
If you have been thrilled by the operas you’ve seen, you may wish to consider making a charitable bequest to Lyric
Opera of Chicago. Planned giving is a meaningful way to ensure that Lyric will continue producing grand opera of
the highest quality. A gift to Lyric creates a beautiful legacy that will be enjoyed by thousands for years to come.
All planned givers are invited to join Lyric’s Overture Society, and enjoy exclusive benefits of membership.

Così fan tutte by Mozart

Planned Gifts
You can include a bequest for
Lyric in your will, revocable trust
or the beneficiary designation of
your IRA or life insurance policy.
You can consider other planned
giving strategies too, such as

charitable gift annuities, charitable

remainder trusts, charitable lead
trusts and retained life estates.
Write your name in Lyric’s history
book by leaving your legacy
for future generations.

If you would like further information, please contact Jonathan Siner, Lyric’s Senior Director of Planned
Giving, at (312) 827-5677 or, or Lynn Bennett, Lyric’s Director of Planned Giving,
at (312) 827-5688 or

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Dan Novak Craig Terry Julia Faulkner Renée Fleming Faculty
Director Music Director Director of Vocal Studies Advisor Julia Faulkner
The Ryan Opera Center The Jannotta Family Elizabeth F. Cheney Gianna Rolandi
Board Endowed Chair Endowed Chair Foundation
W. Stephen Smith
Voice Instruction
Ensemble The Robert and Ellen Marks
Vocal Studies Program
Endowed Chair
in honor of Gianna Rolandi

Deborah Birnbaum
Sir Andrew Davis
Matthew A. Epstein
Renée Fleming
Guest Master Artists

Alan Darling
Soprano Soprano Soprano Mezzo-Soprano Contralto Laurann Gilley
Sponsored by Sponsored by Celeste Rue
Sponsored by Sponsored by Sponsored by
J. Thomas Hurvis Anonymous Donor, The Susan and Richard Anonymous Donor Anonymous Donor, Eric Weimer
Michael and Salme P. Kiphart Family, Susan M. Miller, Pedro Yanez
Harju Steinberg, Richard O. Ryan, Thierer Family Coaching Staff
Mrs. J. W. Richard W. Shepro and Foundation
Van Gorkom Lindsay E. Roberts Julia Klein
Derek Matson
Marina Vecci
Alessandra Visconti
Melissa Wittmeier
Foreign Language

Dawn Arnold
Katie Klein
Tenor Tenor Tenor Baritone Baritone Elise Sandell
Sponsored by Sponsored by Sponsored by Sponsored by Sponsored by
Stepan Company Maurice J. and Elizabeth F. Cheney George L. Jewell, Renée Fleming Orit Carpenter
Patricia Frank Foundation Lois B. Siegel, Foundation,
Drs. Joan and Russ International Performance Psychology
Zajtchuk Foundation for Arts
and Culture Roger Pines
Guest Lecturer and Consultant

Artistic/Production Personnel
Kathleen Kelly
Edwin Outwater

Elise Sandell

Bass-Baritone Bass Pianist Peggy Stenger

Stage Managers
Sponsored by Sponsored by Sponsored by
Heidi Heutel Bohn, The C. G. Pinnell Nancy Dehmlow,
Theresa Ham
Lawrence O. Corry, Family Loretta N. Julian,
Robert C. Marks Philip G. Lumpkin Lucy Lindquist
Maureen Reilly

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Alumni Perform at
Lyric — and Around
the World — in 2017/18

(Title role/Rigoletto)
A career in opera can be a very complex one.  So many twists and
turns to navigate along the way before one can even launch a career.
I’ve been blessed to have enjoyed some success in the eleven years
I’ve been singing as a working artist since leaving the Ryan Opera
Center in the spring of 2006. And I believe it was the three years in
the Ryan Opera Center that helped me take that huge next step from
young singer to full-fledged artist. The tools I count on, working in
houses such as Frankfurt and San Francisco, I cultivated in Chicago. I
believe so much in the work of the Center and all the ways it prepares young singers for the career
they are pursuing.  And I cannot forget all the wonderful donors through whose generosity the
Ryan Opera Center is able to continue its support of young singers every season. You are a part of
what I’ve become. Don’t forget that.

Metropolitan Opera BRIDGES
La bohème Opernhaus Zürich
La forza del destino

Teatro alla Scala
Don Pasquale

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago is recognized as one of the premier
professional artist-development programs in the world. To make a gift in support of the Ryan Opera Center’s efforts,
or for more information, please visit, or call Meaghan Stainback at 312.827.5691.

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Lyric Opera is grateful to the following generous donors for their contributions to The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, one of the world’s
premier artist development programs. Listings include contributors whose gifts of $5,000 and above were received by July 1, 2017.

Artist Support, Special Events,
and Project Sponsors
Duds for Divas
Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Gross

Final Auditions
Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
The Cozad Family

Foreign Language Instruction

Erma S. Medgyesy

Guest Master Artist (Left to right) Ann Toomey, Lauren Decker and alumna Annie Rosen as the
Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
Three Ladies in The Magic Flute, pictured with Adam Plachetka as Papageno.
Marcus Boggs General Support Artist Circle
Leslie Fund, Inc. ($5,000 to $9,999)
Judith W. McCue and Howard M. McCue III Aria Society Anonymous (3)
($100,000 and above) Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Arensman
Master Classes Anonymous Thomas Doran
Mrs. Thomas D. Heath Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Mrs. Sheila Dulin
Martha A. Hesse Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Platinum Distinguished Benefactors Ruth Ann M. Gillis and Michael J. McGuinnis
National Auditions ($50,000 to $99,999) James and Mary Houston
American Airlines Lauter McDougal Family Foundation The Kip Kelley Family
Lyric Young Professionals
No Tenors Allowed Celebration Distinguished Benefactors Alan Schriesheim and Kay Torshen
Lead Individual Sponsor: ($25,000 to $49,999) Marilee and Richard Wehman
Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation Ingrid Peters Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Weinberg
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance Drs. Joan and Russ Zajtchuk
Lead Corporate Sponsor:
Mayer Brown LLP Ensemble Friends
($10,000 to $24,999)
Benefit Table Purchasers: Anonymous
Anonymous (3) Paul and Robert Barker Foundation
Julie and Roger Baskes C. Bekerman, M.D.
Michael and Sally Feder Tamara Conway Rising Stars in Concert
Julian Family Foundation Anne Megan Davis April 1, 2017
Philip G. Lumpkin Fred L. Drucker and Hon. Rhoda Sweeney
Frank B. Modruson and Lynne C. Shigley Drucker Lead Sponsor:
Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Erika E. Erich Donna Van Eekeren Foundation
Dr. Scholl Foundation Michael and Sally Feder
Thierer Family Foundation Mary Patricia Gannon Sponsors:
Debbie K. Wright Sue and Melvin Gray Dentons US LLP
Miriam U. Hoover Ann M. Drake
Renée Fleming Master Class Illinois Arts Council Don and Abby Funk
Julian Family Foundation Capt. Bernardo Iorgulescu, USMC Memorial Sue and Melvin Gray
Fund Howard Family Foundation
Training Program Nix Lauridsen and Virginia Croskery Lauridsen Patricia A. Kenney and
National Endowment for the Arts Jean McLaren and John Nitschke Gregory J. O’Leary
The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick
Voice Instruction Phyllis Neiman Family Foundation
Anonymous Margo and Michael Oberman and Family Lauter McDougal Family Foundation
Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Mrs. Vernon J. Pellouchoud Frank B. Modruson and Lynne C. Shigley
Mary Ellen Hennessy The George L. Shields Foundation OptumRx
Jennifer L. Stone Mr. and Mrs. Henry Underwood
Dan and Patty Walsh Rising Stars in Concert Broadcast
WFMT Recital Series Walter Family Foundation Donna Van Eekeren Foundation
Julie and Roger Baskes Harriet Weinstein
Dr. David H. Whitney and Dr. Juliana Chyu Rising Stars in Concert Reception
Workshop Performances Debbie K. Wright Mr. and Mrs. Allan Drebin
Martha A. Hesse Estate of Audrey A. Zywicki

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The Overture Society

The Overture Society consists of those esteemed supporters who have designated a special gift, through bequests, trusts, or other planned giving
arrangements, to benefit Lyric in the future. These generous gifts ensure Lyric’s artistic progress well into the twenty-first century
for the benefit of future Lyric audiences. Lyric is honored to acknowledge these members of the Overture Society:

Bel Canto Benefactors

These Overture Society members have made a major planned gift to Lyric as well as a generous annual gift. For information about the Bel Canto Benefactors, please call
Jonathan Siner, Lyric’s Senior Director of Planned Giving, at 312.827.5677.
Anonymous (18) Paula Hannaway Crown Josephine E. Heindel David and Justine K. Mintzer Craig Sirles
Mr. and Mrs. James S. Aagaard Renée Crown Concordia Hoffmann James and Mary Beth Morehouse Mrs. Jay Spaulding
Louise Abrahams Thomas Doran Edgar D. Jannotta Allan and Elaine Muchin Lisbeth Cherniack Stiffel
Dr. Whitney Addington Mr. and Mrs. James D. Ericson Ronald B. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Murphy Mr. and Mrs. James P. Stirling
Mrs. Roger A. Anderson Marilyn D. Ezri, M.D. John and Kerma Karoly David J. and Dolores D. Nelson Mary Stowell
Ross C. Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Paul Y. Feng Kip Kelley John H. Nelson Carla M. Thorpe
Karen G. Andreae Robert F. Finke James C. Kemmerer John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Lawrence E. Timmins Trust
Catherine Aranyi Jack M. and Marsha S. Firestone LeRoy and Laura Klemt Joan L. Pantsios Virginia Tobiason
L. Robert Artoe Elaine Frank Dr. Petra B. Krauledat and Irma Parker Mrs. Elizabeth Upjohn-Mason
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Beata Maurice J. and Patricia Frank Dr. W. Peter Hansen Julia Pernet Joan and Marco Weiss
Alvin R. Beatty Rhoda and Henry S. Frank Dr. William R. Lawrence Frances Pietch Mrs. Robert G. Weiss
Marlys A. Beider Richard J. Franke Thomas and Lise Lawson Kenneth Porrello and Sherry McFall Claudia L. Winkler
Julie Anne Benson Mary Patricia Gannon Carol L. Linne Nathaniel W. Pusey Florence Winters
Merrill and Judy Blau George and Mary Ann Gardner Philip G. Lumpkin Dr. Sondra C. Rabin Dr. Robert G. Zadylak
Ann Blickensderfer James K. Genden and Daniel T. Manoogian Lyn and Bill Redfield Drs. Joan and Russ Zajtchuk
Dr. Gregory L. Boshart Alma Koppedraijer Robert C. Marks Chatka Ruggiero Edward T. Zasadil
Danolda (Dea) Brennan Sue and Melvin Gray Paul Mavros Mary T. Schafer Anne Zenzer
George F. and Linda L. Brusky Harry J. Griffiths, M.D. Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Mayer Martha P. Schneider
Dr. Gerald and Mrs. Linda Budzik Julian W. Harvey Nancy Lauter McDougal Charles Chris Shaw
Christopher Carlo and Robert Chaney William E. Hay Bill Melamed Lois B. Siegel
David and Orit Carpenter Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Heagy Margaret and Craig Milkint Ilene Simmons
James W. Chamberlain Mrs. John C. Hedley Susan M. Miller Larry G. Simpson

Society Members
Anonymous (43) Morton and Una Creditor William P. Hauworth James Massie and Mary Raffetto-Robins
Valerie and Joseph Abel Kathryn M. Cunningham Dr. and Mrs. David J. Hayden Dr. Christine Winter Massie Jadwiga Roguska-Kyts, M.D.,
Carol A. Abrioux Barbara L. Dean Mrs. Thomas D. Heath Michael M. and Diane Mazurczak in memory of Robert Kyts
Judy Allen Donald A. Deutsch Ronald G. Hedberg James G. and Laura G. McCormick Mrs. Beth Wheeler Rome
Mrs. Robert L. Anderson Phyllis Diamond Mary Mako Helbert Gia and Paul McDermott James and Janet Rosenbaum
Elizabeth M. Ashton Roger Dickinson Martha A. Hesse William F. McHugh Dr. John Gregory Russo
Richard N. Bailey Ms. Janet E. Diehl Stephanie and Allen Hochfelder Florence D. McMillan Joseph C. Russo
David G. Baker Mr. and Mrs. William S. Dillon Mrs. Marion Hoffman Leoni Zverow McVey and Dennis Ryan
Susann Ball Dr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Dobroski James and Mary Lunz Houston J. William McVey Louise M. Ryssmann
Constance and Liduina Barbantini Ms. Barbara J. Doerner H. Eileen Howard Martina M. Mead Eugene Rzym, in memory of
Margaret Basch Thomas M. Dolan Joseph H. Huebner Mr. and Mrs. Leland V. Meader Adaline Rzym
Mrs. Bill Beaton Mary Louise Duhamel Kenneth N. Hughes Dr. and Mrs. Jack L. Melamed David Sachs
Lynn Bennett Mrs. Alfred V. Dunkin, Jr. Michael Huskey Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Mesrobian Mrs. Philip H. Schaff, Jr.
Joan I. Berger Kathy Dunn Capt. Bernardo Iorgulescu, USMC Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Meyers Douglas M. Schmidt
Barbara Bermudez Richard L. Eastline Memorial Fund Ms. Barbara Terman Michaels Franklin R. Schmidt
Patrick J. Bitterman Carol A. Eastman Barbara A. Joabson Marilyn E. Miller Lois K. Schmidt
M. J. Black Lowell and Judy Eckberg John Arthur Johnson Edward S. and Barbara L. Mills Donald Seibert
Dr. Debra Zahay Blatz Lucy A. Elam, in memory of Laurence P. Johnson Vlasta A. “Vee” Minarich Mr. and Mrs. Gordon M. Shaw
D. Jeffrey and Joan H. Blumenthal Elizabeth Elam Nancy E. Johnson BettyAnn Mocek and Mette and David Shayne
Ned and Raynette Boshell Mr. and Mrs. Don Elleman Roy A. Johnson Adam R. Walker David A. Sherman
David Boyce Cherelynn A. Elliott Ms. Barbara Mair Jones Robert and Lois Moeller Jared Shlaes
Dr. and Mrs. Boone Brackett Terrence M. W. Ellsworth Janet Jones Dr. Virginia Saft Mond Dr. Alfred L. and Mildred Siegel
Robert and Phyllis Brauer Joseph R. Ender Moreen C. Jordan Drs. Bill and Elaine Moor Joanne Silver
Mrs. William A. Briggs Dr. James A. Eng Dr. Anne Juhasz Mr. and Mrs. Mario A. Munoz Andrew Barry Simmons and
Candace Balfour Broecker and the Mr. and Mrs. Philip L. Engel Mr. Theodore Kalogeresis Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Nickels Mitchell Loewenthal-Grassini
Estate of Howard W. Broecker Martha L. Faulhaber Stuart Kane Edward A. Nieminen Dr. Ira Singer
Leona and Daniel Bronstein Nadine Ferguson Wayne S. and Lenore M. Kaplan Florence C. Norstrom Norman and Mirella Smith
Kathryn Y. Brown Felicia Finkelman Kenneth Kelling Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Oliver, Jr. Joan M. Solbeck
Richard M. and Andrea J. Brown Kenneth Fiske Paul R. Keske Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Olson Mary Soleiman
Jacqueline Brumlik Mr. and Mrs. John C. Forbes Chuck and Kathy Killman Stephen S. Orphanos Elaine Soter
Donna Brunsma Barbara Gail Franch Diana Hunt King Jonathan Orser Philip and Sylvia Spertus
Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Bruske III James Victor Franch Neil King Robert W. Parsons, M.D. James A. Staples
Steven and Helen Buchanan Ms. Susan Frankel Esther G. Klatz George R. Paterson Sherie B. Stein
Dr. Mary Louise Hirsh Burger and Thomas H. Franks, Ph.D. R. William Klein, Jr. Dr. Joan E. Patterson K. M. Stelletello
Mr. William Burger Allen J. Frantzen J. Peter Kline George Pepper, M.D. J. Allyson Stern
Muriel A. Burnet Dr. Paul Froeschl Helen Kohr Elizabeth Anne Peters Carol A. Stitzer
Lisa Bury Marie and Gregory Fugiel Shirley Krsinich Susanne P. Petersson Norene W. Stucka
Robert J. Callahan Sheilah Purcell Garcia, Lady Witton Mary S. Kurz Genevieve M. Phelps Mr. and Mrs. Glenn L. Stuffers
Patrick V. Casali Susan Boatman Garland Larry Lapidus Karen and Dick Pigott Emily J. Su
Esther Charbit Scott P. George Barbara K. Larsen Ms. Lois Polakoff Peggy Sullivan
Jeffrey K. Chase, J.D. Mr. Lyle Gillman Henrietta Leary Martilias A. Porreca, CFP Sherwin A. Swartz
Ramona Choos John F. Gilmore Ernest L. Lester Mrs. Edward S. Price Mr. and Mrs. John C. Telander
J. Salvatore L. Cianciolo Bruce A. Gober, M.D. and Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Levy Roberta Lyn Anderson Rains Cheryl L. Thaxton
Heinke K. Clark Donald H. Ratner Dr. and Mrs. Andrew O. Lewicky Robert L. Rappel, Jr. Lauritz K. Thomsen
Robert and Margery Coen John A. Goldstein Carole F. Liebson Sherrie Kahn Reddick Karen Hletko Tiersky
Dr. and Mrs. Peter V. Conroy Dr. J. Brian Greis Doris C. Lorz Keith A. Reed and Myron Tiersky
Sharon Conway James R. Grimes Eva Lutovsky Beth Kesterson Reed Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Turner
Sarah J. Cooney Patricia Grogan Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Malatesta Michael and Susan “Holly” Reiter Jean M. Turnmire
Dr. W. Gene Corley Family Carolyn Hallman Jeanne Randall Malkin Evelyn R. Richer Paul and Judith Tuszynski
Joseph E. Corrigan Carl J. Halperin Ann Chassin Mallow Jennie M. Righeimer Ultmann Family Charitable
Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Cottey Ms. Geraldine Haracz Dr. and Mrs. Karl Lee Manders Gerald L. Ritholz Remainder Unitrust
B. A. Coussement Andrew Hatchell Mrs. John Jay Markham Charles and Marilynn Rivkin Marlene A. Van Skike

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Raita Vilnins Boyd Edmonston & Edward Warro Eric Weimer and Edwin Hanlon Caroline C. Wheeler Dr. Debra L. Zahay
Dr. Malcolm Vye Endowment Fund Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Weinberg Dr. and Mrs. Peter Willson Daniel R. Zillmann
Darcy Lynn Walker Karl N. Wechter Joanna L. Weiss Nora Winsberg Audrey A. Zywicki
Gary T. Walther Patricia M. Wees James M. Wells David G. Winter
Albert Wang Mrs. Richard H. Wehman Mrs. Melville W. Wendell Brien and Cathy Wloch
Louella Krueger Ward Claude M. Weil Sandra Wenner Mrs. William Wunder

Estate Gifts
The following estates have generously provided gifts of bequests and other planned gifts to Lyric. Due to space limitations, listings include all bequests received from July
1, 2012 to the present. With deepest regards, Lyric commemorates those departed friends who have honored us with this most profound commitment.
Anonymous (2) Regina C. Fain Stuart Kane Mrs. Oliver Nickels Sidney N. Shure and Rose L. Shure
Beth Ann Alberding Mohr Roy Fisher Sherry Kelley Joan Ruck Nopola Joan M. Skepnek
Mr. and Mrs. A. Watson Armour III Darlene Fiske Mrs. Israel Kirsh Rex N. Olsen Philip and David Slesur Family Trust
James Ascareggi Lynette Flowers Russell V. Kohr Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Olson Marilyn J. Snoble
Elsa E. and Walter (Fred) Bandi Robert B. Fordham Nancy W. Knowles Mary G. Oppenheim Ms. Geraldine A. Spatz
Vincent Barresi Thomas Frisch Dr. Bruce Korth Venrice R. Palmer Jay Spaulding
Velma Berry Mrs. R. Robert Funderburg Anne C. Lacovic Richard Pearlman Charitable Trust Clarke and Adine Stayman Trusts
Rev. Dr. Warren Best In memory of Carl and Fern Marjorie Lanterman Fund for Music James L. Stein
Edward F. Blettner Marital Trust Gaensslen Sarrah Lapinsky Andre Pernet Howard A. Stotler
Joanell C. Breen Dr. Martin L. Gecht and Francey Walter and Millicent Leibfritz Seymour H. Persky Charitable Trust Gerald Sunko, M.D.
Elizabeth Capilupo Gecht Ernest Lester Ira J. Peskind Joseph Tiritilli
Ellen Cole Charitable Remainder Carlyn E. Goettsch Dr. Arthur G. Lipman Helen Petersen Jane B. Tripp Charitable Lead
Trust Shirley and Benjamin Gould Rosalie Loeding Sidney L. Port Annuity Trust
Robert P. Cooke Endowment Fund Arthur B. Logan Jack and Eleanor Portis Phil and Paula Turner
Nelson D. Cornelius Allen Greenberger Mary Longbrake Lyn Redfield Dr. John E. Ultmann
Marianne Deson-Herstein Trust, Lester and Betty Guttman Eva Lutovsky Joan L. Richards Dr. Paul D. Urnes
in memory of her parents Elaine H. Hansen Marjorie A. Mayhall George T. Rhodes John H. Utley and Mary L. Utley
Samuel and Sarah Deson Capt. Martin Hanson USN (Ret) Hope Baldwin McCormick Trust Howard M. Robins Trust
Jane Warner Dick, in honor of Kenneth L. Harder Trust Alfred L. McDougal Harry A. Root Sheila von Wiese-Mack
Edison Dick John C. Hedley Bette S. McGee H. Cary Ross Lydia Walkowiak
Christopher D. Doemel Margot S. Hertz Renate Moser Margaret R. Sagers James M. Wells
Josephine S. Dryer James and Gail Hickey Doris A. Murdoch Thomas W. Scheuer Jane B. White
Dr. Thomas R. Du Buque Dagmar Hurbanek Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg S. Leder (Lee) Schiff Paul and Virginia Wilcox
Mrs. Ray Duncan Deborah Jannotta Foundation Roy Schmaltz
Bettie B. Dwinell Amyl W. Johnson, Jr. Dawn Clark Netsch Edwin J. and Margaret W. Seeboeck
Kelli Gardner Emery Diana T. Jones Dr. Robert and Brigitte Nehaus Dr. Joseph Semrow
William J. Evans Joseph M. Kacena John and Maynette Neundorf Michael N. Shallow

Commemorative Gifts
Gifts of $500 and above contributed in the name of a friend, loved one or colleague are a unique expression of thoughtfulness.
In Memory Of: Millicent Leibfritz In Honor Of: Keith Kiley Goldstein
Dorothy A. Angelos from Ms. Linda Kutt Julie and Roger Baskes from Patricia O. Cox
from Mychal P. Angelos Hugo Melvoin from Michael and Sally Feder, The Edgar D. Jannotta
Irene Antoniou from Melvoin Foundation Irving Harris Foundation, Ruth Ann from Sandra L. Grung
from her many friends and family Virginia Byrne Mooney M. Gillis and Michael J. McGuinnis, Baby Krehbiel
Jeane Ayers from John and Kathleen Vondran and Sheli and Burt Rosenberg from Marie Campbell
from her many friends and family Dr. Antonio Navarrete Julie Baskes Margot and Josef Lakonishok
John R. Blair from Virginia Navarrete from John Holzhueter and Peter J. from Liz and Arsen Manugian
from Mrs. John R. Blair Kenneth G. Pigott Wender Mary Ann Leer from The Warranty
Sandra Box from Renée Fleming Jim Baughman Group
from Barbara Box Dr. Robert A. Pringle from Marilyn and Lillian Spracker and from Vanessa Reneau-Mack
Martha A. Boyce from Marla McCormick Pringle Michael and Sally Feder Jeanne Malkin
from David E. Boyce Joan Richards Janet Burch from Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Wein-
Lois Dunn from Craig A. Sirles from Mr. Gordon Brodfuehrer and berg and an Anonymous donor
from Kathy Dunn Howard Morton Robins Roberta Evans Mrs. Chris Murphy
Floyd Fulkerson from his many friends and family Renee Crown from Prince Charitable Trusts
from Mr. and Mrs. David Bomier Edwin J. Seeboeck from Mr. and Mrs. Newton N. Minow Sue Niemi
Catherine Graham from James Heim Lois and Steve Eisen from Elaine and Harold Blatt
from Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Stephen Schulson from Mrs. Myrna Kaplan and Mr. and Rachel Peterson
Ryan, James N. and Laurie V. Bay, Mr. from Susan B. Schulson Mrs. Frank S. Karger Jr. from Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Mills
and Mrs. John R. Siragusa, Mr. and Dr. Alan J. Shapiro Maxine Farrell Sondra Radvanovsky
Mrs. Robert G. Weiss, Lisbeth Stiffel, from Sherie Coren Shapiro from Abbott Fund from Ellie Radvanovsky
and Elizabeth Taylor Donald Sinclair Sally and Michael Feder Richard Ryan
Marion Greenman from Mr. Edward Sanderson from Nora Jaskowiak and Matthew from Sally and Michael Feder
from her many friends and family Janet Thau Hinerfeld Shirley Ryan
Katie Jacobson from Evanston Chapter and her many Sally Feder from J. B. and M. K. Pritzker Family
from Lisbeth Stiffel friends and family from Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross Foundation and Marlene Phillips
Lee and Billey Jennings Dr. William Warren Renée Fleming Mary Selander
from Alfred G. Goldstein from Dr. and Mrs. Marshall Goldin from Ms. Paula Milone, Robert L. from Dr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Hennessy
Richard P. Kiphart Isabel H Thompson Turner, and The Eloise Susanna Gale and Melissa Hennessy
from Renée Fleming, J. Thomas Hurvis, from an Anonymous Donor Foundation Liz Stiffel
and his many friends and family Nancy Wald Regan and Philip Friedman from Ruth Ann M. Gillis and Michael
William Laird Kleine-Ahlbrandt from Humanist Fund from Mrs. Myrna Kaplan and Mr. and J. McGuinnis and Janis Wellin Notz
from Sheila Ann Hegy Ruth and Irving Waldshine Mrs. Frank S. Karger Jr. and John K. Notz Jr.
Nancy W. Knowles from Deane Ellis Christina and Ron Gidwitz Roberta and Robert Washlow
from Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow Sheila von Wiese from Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kearney from Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. Blitstein
Ardis Krainik from her many friends and family Ruth Ann Gillis
from Mr. and Mrs. Mead Montgomery Nikolay Zhizhin from Lisbeth Stiffel
and Elizabeth Welsh from Larisa Zhizhin

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Corporate Partnerships
Lyric Opera gratefully recognizes and sincerely appreciates the generosity of the following distinguished corporate contributors.
The following list includes donors whose gifts or pledges were received by September 1, 2017. For more information about corporate partnership
opportunities, please contact Daniel Moss, Lyric’s Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships at 312.827.5693 or

ARIA SOCIETY • $100,000 and above

PLATINUM GRAND BENEFACTOR • $50,000 to $99,999

GOLDEN GRAND BENEFACTOR • $25,000 to $49,999

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$10,000 to $24,999 $5,000 to $7,499 $1,000 to $1,999
Alexander & Alexander, Attorneys at Law Italian Village Restaurants Cartier
Baird Molex Concierge Unlimited International
BNY Mellon Sahara Enterprises, Inc. Draper and Kramer, Incorporated
Chicago Title and Trust Company Foundation Shure Incorporated Kinder Morgan Foundation
CNA Michuda Construction, Inc.
Evans Food Group BRAVO CIRCLE Midwest Cargo Systems, Inc.
First Midwest Bank $3,500 to $4,999 MUFG
Morgan Stanley Corporate Suites Network S&C Foundation
OPERA America Old Republic International Corporation Turks’ Greenhouses
Quarles & Brady LLP
Wintrust Community Banks $2,000 to $3,499 $500 to $999
American Agricultural Insurance Company Law Office of Phillip Brigham LLC
PREMIER BENEFACTOR BNSF Foundation Children’s Law Group LLC
$7,500 to $9,999 Enterprise Holdings Foundation Carl Johnson’s Gallery in Galena
Amsted Industries Foundation Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC Metropolitan Capital Bank & Trust
Chicago White Metal Charitable Foundation MWM Consulting Network for Good
Envestnet Olson & Cepuritis, Ltd. Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP
William Blair & Company

Matching Gifts
A special thank you to the following companies for matching their employees’ gifts to Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Anonymous CNA Foundation ITW Foundation Polk Bros. Foundation
Allstate Giving Program ConAgra Johnson & Johnson The Retirement Research Foundation
Aon Foundation Doing Good LLC Johnson Controls Foundation The Rhoades Foundation
Bank of America Foundation Emerson Electric JPMorgan Chase Foundation The Warranty Group
Baxter International Foundation General Mills Foundation John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur United Technologies Corporation
Benevity Community Impact Fund Graham Holdings Foundation W. W. Grainger Inc.
BMO Harris Bank Foundation Grenzebach, Glier, and Associates Kimberly Clark Foundation William Harris Investors
Helen Brach Foundation HSBC-North America Morgan Stanley
Caterpillar Foundation Inc. IBM Corporation Nuveen Investments
Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Ingredion Incorporated Pfizer Foundation
For purposes of recognition, we are pleased to combine matching gifts with an individual’s personal gift. If your employer has a matching gift program, please
request a matching gift form through your Human Resources or Community Affairs office, and send it to us along with your contribution.

Special Thanks
• American Airlines for its 36 year partnership as the Official Airline of Lyric Opera of Chicago.
• Boston Consulting Group and Dan Grossman, Partner and Managing Director, for the firm’s pro bono services to help Lyric to better understand
our financial model, and to identify creative and promising paths to growth.
• Jenner & Block and Craig C. Martin, Partner, for the firm’s pro bono legal services throughout the year.
• Strategy& and Vinay Couto, Principal, as well as PwC and John Oleniczak, Midwest Region Assurance Managing Partner, and Paul Anderson,
Retired Senior Advisor, for their firm’s pro bono consulting services on our organizational assessment.
• Warner Classics as the Official Education and Promotion Music Provider.

The following individuals and organizations have very generously provided gifts and services in support of Lyric Opera’s efforts:
Generous Gifts Special Gifts Cochon Volant The Radler
Art Institute of Chicago BBJ Linen KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation Todd Rosenberg
Calihan Catering Cru Café Food and Paper Supply Company Vision Wine and Spirits
Classic Color Jewell Events Catering Hall’s Rental
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Friedmann Marc Lacher
Coco Pazzo Notable Gifts Pearl Brasserie
HMS Media, Inc. John and Linda Anderson Wayne and Kristine Lueders
Seth and Susan Mason Artists Frame Service Lloyd’s Chicago
The Estate of Gerald Ritholz Cantor David Berger Martha Nussbaum
This performance is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Lyric Opera of Chicago is a member of OPERA America.

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Annual Individual and Foundation Support

Lyric Opera deeply appreciates annual campaign gifts from the following individuals, foundations, and government organizations. Their continued support is vital to our
success. The following listings include donors whose gifts or pledges were received by July 1, 2017.

ARIA SOCIETY · $100,000 and above

Anonymous (6) Julius Frankel Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Sanfred Koltun Estate of Venrice R. Palmer
Ada and Whitney Addington Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Krehbiel Seymour H. Persky Charitable Trust
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation Trust Josef and Margot Lakonishok Pritzker Foundation
Julie and Roger Baskes Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Estate of Ernest Lester J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes
James N. and Laurie V. Bay Brent and Katie Gledhill John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Randy and Melvin Berlin Ethel and William Gofen Foundation Candy and Gary Ridgway
Henry M. and Gilda R. Buchbinder Howard Gottlieb and Barbara Greis Malott Family Foundation Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch
Carolyn S. Bucksbaum The Grainger Foundation Mazza Foundation Foundation
The John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Gramma Fisher Foundation of Lauter McDougal Family Foundation Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan
Foundation Marshalltown, Iowa The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dr. Scholl Foundation
Marion A. Cameron Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. The Monument Trust (UK) Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation
Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Krehbiel, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Morrison Rose L. Shure Charitable Trust
The Jacob and Rosaline Cohn Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust Bill and Orli Staley Foundation
Foundation John R. Halligan Charitable Fund National Endowment for the Arts Lisbeth Stiffel
Estate of Nelson D. Cornelius The Harris Family Foundation The Negaunee Foundation Estate of Phil Turner
Mr. and Mrs. John V. Crowe Walter E. Heller Foundation Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel Mrs. Herbert A. Vance
The Crown Family J. Thomas Hurvis Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance
The Davee Foundation The Edgar D. Jannotta Family Foundation Donna Van Eekeren Foundation
Marianne Deson-Herstein in memory The Anne and Burt Kaplan Fund NIB Foundation The Wallace Foundation
of Samuel and Sarah Deson The Richard P. and Susan Kiphart John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Roberta L. Washlow and Robert J.
Stefan T. Edlis and Gael Neeson Family Sheila and David Ormesher Washlow
Ford Foundation Nancy W. Knowles Mr. and Mrs. William A. Osborn Helen and Sam Zell

PLATINUM GRAND BENEFACTOR · $50,000 to $99,999

Anonymous (2) Renée Fleming Foundation / Illinois Arts Council James Rigler
The Brinson Foundation International Foundation for Arts Greg and Annie Jones/The Edgewater Lois B. Siegel
The Chicago Community Trust and Culture Funds Joan M. Skepnek
Drs. Young, Byong Uk, and Robert B. Fordham Revocable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Lester Knight III Howard Solomon and Sarah
Mrs. Myung Soon Chung Rhoda L. and Henry S. Frank Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Billinghurst Solomon
The Cozad Family Rita and Herbert Z. Gold Charitable Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Tatar
Mr. and Mrs. A. Steven Crown Trust Family Foundation Carl and Marilynn Thoma
Eisen Family Foundation Sue and Melvin Gray Susan M. Miller
Estate of Regina C. Fain Eric and Deb Hirschfield Linda K. and Dennis M. Myers
Howard Family Foundation Polk Bros. Foundation

GOLDEN GRAND BENEFACTOR · $25,000 to $49,999

Anonymous (5) The Ferguson-Yntema Family Estate of Arthur Lipman Sandra and Earl Rusnak, Jr.
Paul and Mary Anderson Charitable Trust Lucas Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Scott Santi
Robin Angly Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Ferro, Jr. Philip G. Lumpkin The Schroeder Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Andreas A. Antoniou Maurice J. and Patricia Frank Jim and Kay Mabie Nancy S. Searle
Mr. Vance T. Antoniou Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Franke Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Estate of Dr. Edwin J. Seeboeck
The Barker Welfare Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Philip Friedmann Foundation Segal Family Foundation
Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Don and Abby Funk Shari Mayes Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation
Inc. The Eloise Susanna Gale Foundation Judith W. McCue and Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation,
C. Bekerman, M.D. Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Gidwitz Howard M. McCue III Inc.
Amy and Paul Carbone Ruth Ann M. Gillis and Robert and Evelyn McCullen Richard W. Shepro and
David and Orit Carpenter Michael J. McGuinnis Blythe Jaski McGarvie Lindsay E. Roberts
Cellmer/Neal Foundation Fund Joseph and Madeleine Glossberg Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. McKenna Morris Silverman and Lori Ann
Hal Coon Maria C. Green and Oswald G. Lewis Frank B. Modruson and Komisar
Crain-Maling Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Gross Lynne C. Shigley Penelope and Robert Steiner
Sir Andrew Davis and Lady Gianna The Harris Family Foundation Allan and Elaine Muchin Joseph and Pam Szokol
Rolandi Davis Mary Ellen Hennessy Estate of Herbert and Brigitte Neuhaus Thierer Family Foundation
Nancy Dehmlow Martha A. Hesse Kenneth R. Norgan Robert L. Turner
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Denny Komarek-Hyde-McQueen Foundation/ Mr. and Mrs. Lee Oberlander Mrs. J. W. Van Gorkom
Ann M. Drake Patricia Hyde Patricia A. Kenney and Walter Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Allan Drebin Regina Janes Gregory J. O’Leary Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Weinberg
Drs. George and Sally Dunea Mr. and Mrs. George E. Johnson Matt and Carrie Parr Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Weiss
Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation/ Joseph M. Kacena Endowed Fund Ingrid Peters Jane B. White
Judy Guitelman & ALAS Wings Julian Family Foundation J. B. and M. K. Pritzker Family Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Wood Prince
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Fama Estate of Stuart Kane Foundation Drs. Joan and Russ Zajtchuk
Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell Mr. and Mrs. George D. Kennedy John Raitt
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Krehbiel The C. G. Pinnell Family
Frederic S. Lane Collin and Lili Roche

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SILVER GRAND BENEFACTOR · $10,000 to $24,999

Anonymous (7) Dr. and Mrs. Tapas K. Das Gupta Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Jorndt Mary F. Robins
Mr. and Mrs. James S. Aagaard Anne Megan Davis Mike and Lindy Keiser The Rooney Family
Ken and Amy Aldridge M. Dillon Stephen Kohl and Mark Tilton Sheli and Burt Rosenberg
John and Ann Amboian Edward and Joyce McFarland Ms. Linda Kutt Betsy and Andy Rosenfield
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Applebaum Dlugopolski Albert and Rita Lacher Dr. and Mrs. Ricardo Rosenkranz
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr. Shawn M. Donnelley and Lavin Family Foundation John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe
Juliette F. Bacon Christopher M. Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Lenny Joseph O. Rubinelli, Jr.
E. M. Bakwin Fred L. Drucker and Louis and Nellie Sieg Fund Susan and David Ruder
Mr. and Mrs. Larry A. Barden Hon. Rhoda Sweeney Drucker Malott Family Foundation Richard O. Ryan
Paul and Robert Barker Foundation Donald and Anne Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marjan James and Erica Sandner
Judith Barnard and Michael Fain Erika E. Erich Robert C. Marks Mrs. Robert E. Sargent
Robert S. Bartolone Marilyn D. Ezri, M.D. Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Mayer Rodd M. Schreiber and Susan Hassan
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Beata Michael and Sally Feder Erma S. Medgyesy Alan Schriesheim and Kay Torshen
Ross and Patricia D. Bender Joan and Robert Feitler Terry J. Medhurst Mary Beth Shea
Estate of Dr. Warren Best Estate of Dr. W. Fessenden Jr. Dawn G. Meiners The George L. Shields Foundation, Inc.
Patrick J. Bitterman Sonja and Conrad Fischer Jon and Lois Mills The Shubert Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Merrill E. Blau Elaine Frank Martha A. Mills Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Stark
Starshak Winzenburg & Co.
Dr. Cynthia V. Stauffacher
“Thank you, Lyric for enriching my life.” Dusan Stefoski and Craig Savage
-Eleanor, Chicago Michael and Salme Harju Steinberg
Jennifer L. Stone
Dr. and Mrs. Peter W. Stonebraker
Marcus Boggs Mary Patricia Gannon Mr. and Mrs. Todd D. Mitchell Mary Stowell
Heidi Heutel Bohn Susan J. Garner Drs. Bill and Elaine Moor Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. John Jay Borland David and Elizabeth Graham Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Murphy Mrs. Theodore D. Tieken
Mr. and Mrs. Edward O. Boshell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gray Music Performance Trust Fund and Virginia Tobiason
Dr. and Mrs. Mark Bowen Mrs. Mary Winton Green Film Funds Mr. and Mrs. Henry Underwood
Betty Bradshaw Mr. and Mrs. William J. Hank Phyllis Neiman Elizabeth Upjohn Mason
Christine and Paul Branstad Family Dr. James and Mrs. Susan Hannigan David J. and Dolores D. Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Peter Van Nice
Foundation The Irving Harris Foundation Jean McLaren and John Nitschke Dan and Patty Walsh
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Broadie James Huntington Foundation Martha C. Nussbaum Harriet Weinstein
Buehler Family Foundation John Hart and Carol Prins Margo and Michael Oberman and Michael Welsh and Linda Brummer
Rosemarie and Dean L. Buntrock Mrs. Thomas D. Heath Family Kim and Miles D. White
Mr. and Mrs. Duane L. Burnham Mrs. John C. Hedley The Bruno and Sallie Pasquinelli Dr. David H. Whitney and
The Butler Family Foundation Helen Brach Foundation Foundation Dr. Juliana Chyu
Marie Campbell Dr. Judith and Mr. Mark C. Hibbard Mrs. Vernon J. Pellouchoud Mrs. John A. Wing
Joyce E. Chelberg Mr. and Mrs. Wayne J. Holman III Harvey R. and Madeleine P. Plonsker William Wolf and Meredith Bluhm-
Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Cole Miriam U. Hoover Rosy and Jose Luis Prado Wolf
Ann and Reed Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Charles Huebner Andra and Irwin Press Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Wood II
Tamara Conway Capt. Bernardo Iorgulescu, USMC Prince Charitable Trusts Debbie K. Wright
Lawrence O. Corry Memorial Fund Dr. and Mrs. James C. Pritchard James and Michele Young
Winnie and Bob Crawford Laurie and Michael Jaffe Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Reilly Jr Estate of Audrey A. Zywicki
Nix Lauridsen and Virginia Croskery Mr. and Mrs. William R. Jentes The Rhoades Foundation
Lauridsen Mr. George L. Jewell Dr. Petra and Mr. Randy O. Rissman

PREMIER BENEFACTOR · $7,500 to $9,999

Anonymous (3) Mr. and Mrs. J. Jeffrey Geldermann Mr. Mark L. Koten Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Rouse
Kelley and Susan Anderson Lloyd Gerlach Dr. and Mrs. Mark F. Kozloff Norman Sackar
Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Arensman Virginia and Gary Gerst MaryBeth Kretz and Robert Baum Raymond and Inez Saunders
Ms. Ronelle D. Ashby George and Maureen Gilmore Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Lans George and Terry Rose Saunders
Mark and Judy Bednar Bruce A. Gober, M.D. Bernard and Averill Leviton George and Joan Segal
Marlys Beider Mr. and Mrs. Stanford Goldblatt Andrew O. and Daria M. Lewicky Mary and Stanley Seidler
Meta S. & Ronald Berger Family Helyn D. Goldenberg Julius Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. L. Senior
Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William M. Goodyear, Jr. Daniel T. Manoogian Mary Lynne Shafer
and Rebecca & Jonathan Berger Phillip and Norma Gordon Ms. Michelle McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. Alejandro Silva
Mr. and Mrs. D. Theodore Berghorst Chester A. Gougis and Shelley Ochab Mr. and Mrs. James A. McClung Siragusa Family Foundation
Lieselotte N. Betterman Dr. Doris Graber Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Milliken Mr. and Mrs. John R. Siragusa
Phyllis H. Brissenden Joan M. Hall Chris and Eileen Murphy Patricia Arrington Smythe
Joy Buddig Mr. and Mrs. Julian W. Harvey Mr. and Mrs. James J. O’Connor Del Snow
Mrs. Warren M. Choos Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Heagy Julian and Sheila Oettinger Doris F. Sternberg
Thomas A. Clancy and Dana I. Green David Drew and Marcie Hemmelstein Marian Phelps Pawlick Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Struthers
Lynd W. Corley Midge and Frank Heurich Karen and Tom Phillips Angela Tenta, M.D.
Susan E. Cremin Mrs. Richard S. Holson, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Potempa Dr. David Thurn
Rosemary and John Croghan James and Mary Houston Irene D. Pritzker Howard and Paula Trienens
Mr. and Mrs. J. William Cuncannan Mr. Richard M. Jaffee John and Betsey Puth Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Avrum H. Dannen Katie Hazelwood and Todd Kaplan Dr. Sondra C. Rabin Christian Vinyard
Decyk Charitable Foundation Nancy Rita Kaz James T. and Karen C. Reid Marilee and Richard Wehman
Mrs. Sheila Dulin Kate T. Kestnbaum The Retirement Research Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Peter Willson
John Edelman and Suzanne Krohn Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. King Daryl and James Riley Paul Wood and The Honorable
Richard B. Egen Martin and Patricia Koldyke J. Timothy Ritchie Corinne Wood
Sondra Berman Epstein The Dolores Kohl Education Rocco and Cheryl Romano Kathleen Arthur and Stephen Wood
Ms. Lorna Ferguson Foundation - Morris & Dolores Edgar Rose Donna and Phillip Zarcone
Robert F. Finke Kohl Kaplan Fund J. Kenneth and Susan T. Rosko Anne Zenzer and Dominick DeLuca

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BENEFACTOR · $5,000 to $7,499

Anonymous (6) Mrs. Willard Gidwitz Dr. and Mrs. Edmund Lewis Dr. Janet Gilboy and Mr. John Schmidt
Peter and Lucy Ascoli Family Fund John F. Gilmore Judith Z. and Steven W. Lewis Family Ilene and Michael Shaw Charitable Trust
David Q. Bell and Mary A. Bell Judy and Bill Goldberg Mrs. Paul Lieberman James A. Staples
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen P. Bent Mr. Gerald and Dr. Colette Gordon Thomas J. McCormick Ellen and Jim Stirling
Dr. Debra Zahay Blatz Mr. and Mrs. Dan Grossman Florence D. McMillan Pam and Russ Strobel
Wiley and Jo Caldwell Sandra L. Grung Lois Melvoin Bolton Sullivan Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Calvin James and Brenda Grusecki Mr. and Mrs. Craig R. Milkint Andrea and Mark Taylor
Lawrence Christensen Mrs. John M. Hartigan Mr. and Mrs. Newton N. Minow Genevieve Thiers and Daniel Ratner
Jane B. and John C. Colman Mr. Erik Jaeger and Mr. Andreas Woytowitz Mr. and Mrs. Mead Montgomery O. Thomas Thomas
Marsha Cruzan Dr. Carolyn and Dr. Paul Jarvis Charles and Ellen Mulaney L. Kristofer Thomsen
Mr. and Mrs. Gerry V. Curciarello Howard E. Jessen Ms. Amélie Négrier-Oyarzabal Lawrence E. Timmins Trust
The Dancing Skies Foundation Drs. Perry and Elena Kamel Renate P. Norum Michael Tobin, M.D.
Thomas Doran Tyrus L. Kaufman Mrs. Richard C. Oughton Marianne Tralewski
Estelle Edlis Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kearney Mr. and Mrs. Donald Patterson Ksenia A. and Peter Turula
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Elden The Kip Kelley Family Norman and Lorraine Perman Scott D. Vandermyde and Julie T. Emerick
Cherelynn A. Elliott Jean Klingenstein Elizabeth Anne Peters David and Linda Wesselink
Jim and Pati Ericson Dr. Katherine Knight Merle Reskin Estate of Paul and Virginia Wilcox
James and Deborah Fellowes Lannan Foundation Joseph Rochetto
David S. Fox Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Lennard Chatka and Anthony Ruggiero
Anthony Freud and Colin Ure Leslie Fund, Inc. Ellen M. Salter

BRAVO CIRCLE · $3,500 to $4,999

Anonymous (4) Mr. and Mrs. Peter Huizenga Mary Lou and Jack Miller Bill and Harlan Shropshire
Dr. and Mrs. Herand Abcarian Dr. and Mrs. Todd and Peggy Janus John H. Nelson Ilene Simmons
Eric A. Anderson Joseph and Rebecca Jarabak Zehava L. Noah Craig Sirles
Mychal P. Angelos Joy Jester Mickey Norton Joan M. Solbeck
Susann Ball Ronald B. Johnson Drs. Funmi and Sola Olopade Mary Soleiman
Leslie Bertholdt Douglas M. Karlen Jonathan F. Orser Glenn and Ardath Solsrud
Astrid K. Birke Mr. and Mrs. John A. Karoly Mr. and Mrs. Bruce L. Ottley Mrs. John Stanek
Dr. Gregory L. Boshart and Gerald and Judith Kaufman Dr. Pat and Lara Pappas Mrs. Karl H. Stein
Dr. William R. Lawrence Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy C. Klemt Barbara and Jerry Pearlman MinSook Suh
Danolda (Dea) Brennan Thomas A. Kmetko Drs. Sarunas and Jolanta Peckus Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Toft
Winston and Lally Brown John and Mary Kohlmeier Jean Perkins and Leland Hutchinson Phil and Paula Turner
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley D. Christianson Eldon and Patricia Kreider Karen and Richard Pigott Elizabeth K. Twede
B. A. Coussement Geoffrey Bauer and Anna Lam Dr. Joe Piszczor Lori L. and John R. Twombly
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Davison Mr. Craig Lancaster and Joel and Vivianne Pokorny David J. Varnerin
Jon W. DeMoss Ms. Charlene T. Handler Nathaniel W. Pusey Dr. Catherine L. Webb
Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Denison Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Levin Dr. and Mrs. Lincoln Ramirez Louis Weber
Deane Ellis The Barbara and Frank Lieber Family Edward and Leah Reicin Howard S. White
Amanda Fox Charitable Trust Estate of George T. Rhodes Claudia Winkler
Dr. and Mrs. James L. Franklin Pamela Forbes Lieberman Charles and Marilynn Rivkin Sarah R. Wolff and Joel L. Handelman
Peter G. O. Freund Marilyn and Myron Maurer Curt G. Schmitt Owen and Linda Youngman
James R. Grimes David E. McNeel Julie Schwertfeger and Alexander Zajczenko Dr. Robert G. Zadylak and
Mr. and Mrs. Heinz Grob Bill Melamed and Jamey Lundblad Thomas and Judy Scorza James C. Kemmerer
Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Heestand, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gregory L. Melchor Dr. S. P. Shah
Mr. and Mrs. Milan Hornik Ms. Britt M. Miller Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shea

IMPRESARIO · $2,000 to $3,499

Anonymous (7) Jason Dantico Solomon Gutstein Dr. and Mrs. Ken N. Kuo
Allison Alexander Mr. John D’Asto The Blanny A. Hagenah Family Fund Marc Lacher
Mrs. Robert W. Allen Robert O. Delaney Dr. Mona J. Hagyard Peter N. Lagges, Jr.
Steven Ashby Mr. and Mrs. Roger Deromedi Mari L. Harrer Dr. M. S.W. Lee
Mr. Wayne Baden Mr. and Mrs. John DeWolf James Heim Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Leopold
Ronald and Donna Barlow Lyn Dickey Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Hodges Gregory M. Lewis and Mary E. Strek
Bastian Voice Institute Ms. Kathleen DiIorio Hoellen Family Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Philip R. Liebson
Ron and Queta Bauer Bernard J. and Sally Dobroski Sandra Hoffman Liz and Arsen Manugian
Dee Beaubien Mr. and Mrs. Eben Dorros Concordia Louise Hoffmann Mr. and Mrs. Stanford Marks
Diane and Michael Beemer Richard and Ingrid Dubberke Edmund A. and Virginia C. Horsch Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Martin
Jennifer Bellini Drs. Walter Dziki and Emily Miao Humanist Fund William Mason and Diana Davis
Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Berlin La Ferrenn and Philip Engel Michael Huston Mrs. David McCandless
Mrs. Arthur Billings Susanna and Helmut Epp Mr. and Mrs. James A. Ibers Marilyn McCoy and Charles R. Thomas
Richard and Heather Black Mr. John Ettelson Robert and Sandra Ireland Martina M. Mead and Michael T. Gorey
Mrs. John R. Blair Firestone Family Foundation Dr. Segun Ishmael Sheila and Harvey Medvin
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew K. Block Anita D. Flournoy John G. and Betty C. Jacobs Dr. R. Menegaz and R. D. Bock
Minka and Matt Bosco Mr. and Mrs. James V. Franch Mel and Mary Ann Jiganti Pamela G. Meyer
Mrs. Fred Bosselman Jerry Freedman and Elizabeth Sacks Mr. Jason Kalajainen Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund
Richard Boyum and Louie Chua Fred Freitag and Lynn Stegner Mrs. Myrna Kaplan Robert and Lois Moeller
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Brandfonbrener Mrs. Norman Gates Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Karger Jr. Rosemary Murgas
Mr. and Mrs. Roger O. Brown James K. Genden and Alma Koppedraijer Judith L. Kaufman Dr. and Mr. Andy Nawrocki
Drs. Walter and Anne-Marie Bruyninckx Ellen and Paul Gignilliat Mrs. Helen Kedo Mrs. Linda A. Neilson
Christopher Carlo and Robert Chaney Debbie Gillaspie and Fred Sturm Mr. and Mrs. Joe King Mrs. A. M. Neumann
Greg and Mamie Case Mr. and Mrs. Rodney L. Goldstein Neil and Diana King Elaine T. Newquist
Dr. and Mrs. Robert P. Cavallino Gordon and Nancy Goodman Klaff Family Foundation Gayla and Ed Nieminen
James W. Chamberlain Annemarie H. Gramm J. Peter Kline and Julio Padin, Jr. Kenneth Douglas Foundation
Charles B. Preacher Foundation Greene Family Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Sung-Tao Ko Janis Wellin Notz and John K. Notz, Jr.
Dr. Edward A. Cole and Richard Greenman Emil J. and Marie D. Kochton Foundation Margory M. Oliker
Dr. Christine A. Rydel Mr. and Mrs. David L. Grumman Mr. John Kouns Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Olson

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Mark Ouweleen and Sarah Harding Maggie Rock and Rod Adams The Sondheimer Family Charitable Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Turner
Gerald L. Padbury Megan Roudebush Foundation Robert Mann and Kathryn Voland-Mann
Luis A. Pagan-Carlo, M.D. Susan B. and Dr. Myron E. Rubnitz Carole and Bob Sorensen Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. Waddell
Kevin Patti Robert Russell Ron Bauer and Michael Spencer Mrs. William N. Weaver, Jr.
Laurie and Michael Petersen Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Sarnoff Mr. Tom Startek Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence W. Wick
Mrs. Zen Petkus Dr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Schaeffer Carol D. Stein and James Sterling F. C. Winters
Mrs. Geoffrey C. M. Plampin The Schaerli Family Oscar Tatosian, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Witkowski
Mary and Joseph Plauche David J. Seleb and John P. Cialone Gilbert Terlicher Mr. and Mrs. Brien Wloch
Drs. Joseph and Kimberly Pyle Sherie Coren Shapiro Mrs. Vernon B. Thomas, Jr. Chip and Jean Wood
Dr. and Mrs. Don Randel Adele and John Simmons Ms. Carla M. Thorpe Mr. and Mrs. Michael Woolever
Christina Rashid Mr. and Mrs. John B. Simon Gayle and Glenn R. Tilles Priscilla T. Yu
Phillip C. and Jeanne R. Ravid Larry G. Simpson and Edward T. Zasadil The Trillium Foundation Susan Zick
Janet D. Thau Mr. Edward Smeds Dulcie L. Truitt
Mr. and Mrs. William Revelle Kay and Craig Tuber

FRIEND · $1,000 to $1,999

Anonymous (12) Joseph A. Caprini, M.D. Margaret Byrne, Attorney Nora Jaskowiak and Ms. Bonghee Ma
A & T Vavasis Philanthropic Fund Irma Caprioli Paul Fong Matthew Hinerfeld Charlene and Gary MacDougal
Ms. Katherine A. Abelson Fairbank and Lynne Carpenter Stephen and Rosamund Forrest Mrs. J. Dillon Hoey Daniel Carroll Madden and
Louise Abrahams Stephen H. and Virginia McM. Carr Mr. and Mrs. Jack Forsythe Bill and Louanne Holland Tuny Mokrauer
Richard Abram and Paul Chandler Mr. Donald Carruthers Adrian Foster Cynthia and Ron Holmberg Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Mages
Mr. and Mrs. Sherwin D. Abrams Drs. James and Stephanie Arthur L. Frank, M.D. Stephen D. Holmes Jeffrey and Paula Malak
Ann Acker Cavanaugh Anne and Willard Fraumann George R. Honig, M.D. and Mr. and Mrs. Warren W. Mark
Duffie A. Adelson Barry and Marcia Cesafsky Mr. and Mrs. Michael Freeborn Olga Weiss Robert Markowski and
Susan S. Adler Robert Cieslak Mr. and Mrs. John Freund Joel and Carol Honigberg Randi Ragins
Judith A. Akers Heinke K. Clark Mrs. Michelle B. Fries Bill and Vicki Hood Ms. Karin Martin
Ginny Alberts-Johnson and Keith and Barbara Clayton Priscilla and Henry Frisch Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Horwich Mr. and Mrs. Sean Martin
Lance Johnson Jean M. Cocozza Samuel and Adriana Front Michael and Beverly Huckman Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Martinez
Dr. and Mrs. Todd D. Alexander Margery and Robert Coen John A. Gable Mr. and Ms. Gary Huff Bob and Doretta Marwin
Ms. Joanne B. Alter David and Carolyn Colburn Thomas F. Gajewski Ms. Janice Humphrey Ann and Philip May
Dr. and Mrs. Ronald F. Altman Elaine Collina Ms. Kristine Garrett Cleveland and Phyllis Hunt John E Mazuski
Sheila and James Amend Francie Comer Mrs. Lisa Gaspero Dr. Kamal Ibrahim Maureen and Michael McCabe
Doris W. Angell Dr. Frank F. Conlon Mr. Scott P. George Dr. and Mrs. Harold E. Jackson John F. McCartney
Daniel J. Anzia Dr. Peter and Beverly Ann Conroy Mr. and Mrs. John E. Gepson Generations Fund Mrs. John H. McDermott
Dr. Edward Applebaum and James M. Cormier Gregory Geuther Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. James Bonnie McGrath
Dr. Eva Redel Ms. Jennifer Cox Sharon L. Gibson Judith H. Janowiak Dr. and Mrs. Harold McGrath
Robert Austin Patricia O. Cox Cai Glushak and Martin DiCrisci Jerry and Judy Johansen Therissa McKelvey
Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Baldwin Katherine Hutter Coyner Barbara and Norman Gold JS Charitable Trust Michael McKinney
Peter and Elise Barack Evelyn Crews Dr. and Mrs. Marshall Goldin Judith Jump Maryjanet McNamara
William and Marjorie Bardeen Mr. Martyn Crook Alfred G. Goldstein Wayne S. and Lenore M. Kaplan Kathie Y. McReynolds Family
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Barkei Gary Crosby Robert and Marcia Goltermann Mary Ann Karris Mr. and Mrs. Zarin Mehta
Michael A. Barna Karen and John Crotty Jerry Goodman Christine Kassa-Skaredoff Claretta Meier
Mr. Merrill Z. Barnes Robert Curley Jaimy Gordon and Peter Blickle Dr. and Mrs. Robert Katz Helen Melchior
Richard and Shirley Baron Barbara Flynn Currie Ms. Jill Gordon Larry M. Keer, M.D. Jim and Ginger Meyer
Peter Barrett Dominion and Company, Inc.
Barbara Barzansky Michuda Construction, Inc.
Sandra Bass Ms. Barbara Mikolajczyk
W.C. Beatty “Nothing can surpass the thrills and chills of hearing a magnificent voice.” Rev. Dr. Mary L. Milano
Mr. Matthew Beaty Mr. and Mrs. William A. Miller
Roger B. Beck
-John and Judith, Park Ridge Barry and Sharon Millman
Seth Beckman Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Mills
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Beidler III Dr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Milnarik
John C. Benitez Timothy and Cheryl Dahlstrand Alan Salpeter and Shelley Gorson Mrs. Philip E. Kelley Bette Mitchell
Roy C. Bergstrom James and Marie Damion Motoko Goto Marian Kinney Dr. Virginia Mond
Jacquie Berlin Rathin Datta Dr. Steven A. Gould Linda Kinzelberg William Mondi
Lois M. Berman Patty Litton Delony Dr. Ruth Grant and Mr. and Mrs. John E. Kirkpatrick Steven Montner and Scott Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Turney Berry Ms. Sarah Demet Dr. Howard Schwartz Mr. Stephen Kitchen Charles Moore
Jerry and Kathy Biederman Rosanne Diamond Anthony Green Esther G. Klatz Dr. Nicole Mott and
Margaret C. Bisberg and Dr. Elton Dixon Nancy and Jonathan Green Frank and Alice Kleinman Mr. Charles Elliott
Richard VanMetre Michael L. Dollard Rochelle and Michael Greenfield Janice Klich John S. Mrowiec and
Cynthia L. Bixel Dr. and Mrs. Peter E. Doris Tim and Joyce Greening Mary Klyasheff Dr. Karen L. Granda
M. J. Black and Mr. Clancy Catherine and Patrick Dowd Ginger Griffin Emily and Christopher Knight Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mustell
Judy Stanley Bland David and Deborah Dranove John R. Grimes Lionel and Jackie Knight Matthew A. Nash
Elaine and Harold Blatt Tom Draski Patricia Grogan Richard and Carol Knop Dr. and Mrs. Belverd E. Needles
Ann Blickensderfer Ms. Susan A. Duda Donald J. Grossman and Edward and Adrienne Kolb David and Lynne Nellemann
Marlene Breslow-Blitstein and Ronald B. Duke Elaine T. Hirsch Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Konczal Jeffrey Nichols
Berle Blitstein Kathy Dunn Donald Haavind William Konczyk and Nancy A. Nichols
John Blosser Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dusek Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hallisy, Sr. Stanley Conlon John Nigh
Frima H. Blumenthal Michael and Paula Dwyer Mary E. Hallman Mr. and Mrs. Christos N. Kritikos Carol M. Nigro
Terence and Mary Jeanne Bolger Barbara and John Eckel Mr. and Mrs. M. Hill Hammock Richard Kron and Deborah Bekken Daniel S. Novak and Dean Ricker
Robert and Anne Bolz Charitable Hugh and Jackie Edfors Michael G. Hansen and Carol and Jerome Lamet Penny J. Obenshain
Trust Ms. Jan Elfline Nancy E. Randa Elisabeth M. Landes Gail O’Gorman
Mr. and Mrs. David Bomier Mr. and Mrs. James G. Ellis Charles Hanusin Mrs. Nancy Levi Mr. and Mrs. Keith Olson
Donald F. Bouseman Peter Emery Joan W. Harris Laurence and Mary Levine Virginia A. O’Neill
Dr. Charles Bower Dr. and Mrs. James O. Ertle Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hartigan Anne and Craig Linn Allen J. Frantzen and
David E. Boyce Dr. Thelma M. Evans Daggett Harvey Caroline P. Lippert George R. Paterson
Carline Bronk Farley Family Betty Ann Hauser William and Diane Lloyd Mr. and Mrs. Bernard C.
Jerry and Gisela Brosnan Mr. Michael Farmer Dr. Gillian M. Headley Lloyd R. Loback McGrane IV
Ms. Kathryn Y. Brown Penny Friedman Sheila Ann Hegy Melvin R. Loeb Michael Payette
Alice C. Brunner Howard and Charlotte Fink Dr. Allen W. Heinemann and Candace B. Broecker Marilyn Pearson
Angelo Buscaglia, Jr. Suja Finnerty Dr. William Borden Knox and Gabrielle Long Mrs. Mona L. Penner
Stephen and Elizabeth Geer Elizabeth W. Fischer Joseph Heiney Sherry and Mel Lopata Viktoras Petroliunas
Howard and Moira Buhse Roy Fisher and Charles Chris Shaw Robert and Janet Helman Craig and Jane Love Mrs. Marlene Phillips
Dr. Mary Louise H. Burger James and Jane Fitzgerald Dr. and Mrs. Leo M. Henikoff Carlotta and Ronald Lucchesi Ruth A. Phillips
Susan Burkhardt William A. Fleig Carrie and Harry Hightman Wayne R. Lueders Jim and Polly Pierce
George J. Burrows Nona C. Flores Kurtice Luther Mr. and Mrs. Les Pinsof

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John Podjasek Dr. and Mrs. Hans Sachse Paul and Ann Singer Mr. Theodore Tetzlaff Joanne Michalski and
Dr. and Mrs. Alan Pohl Carol S. Sadow Margles Singleton and Clay Young Linda and Ronald Thisted Michael Weeda
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Polenzani John Sagos Dr. Ross Slotten Karen J. Tjarksen Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Weiland
Charlene Posner Sharon Salveter and Stephan Meyer Barbara Smith and Diane Tkach and James Freundt Adele and Joseph R. Wells
Dorothy M. Press Mr. Edward Sanderson Timothy Burroughs Joanne Tremulis Mr. and Mrs. Melville W. Wendell
Jennifer N. Pritzker Robert and Mary Ann Savard Suzanne L. Hoffman and Mr. James W. Tucker Manfred Wendt
Bryan Traubert and Penny Pritzker Patricia Schaefer Dale Smith Vicky Tusken Heide Wetzel
Mr. David Quell Mary T. Schafer Louise K. Smith Judith Tuszynski Patricia and William H. Wheeler
William H. Redfield Robert P. Schaible Mr. and Mrs. Norman Smith Professor Harald and James L. Wilson
Sandra and Ken Reid Marie-Claude Schauer Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Smith Mrs. Christine Uhlig Dr. Wendall W. Wilson
Alicia and Myron Resnick David Schiffman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smolen Jean Morman Unsworth Kathryn B. Winter
Joan L. Richards Edgar Schiller Robert A. Sniegowski Cynthia Vahlkamp and Robert Charles B. Wolf
Evelyn Richer Mr. and Mrs. Jack W. Schuler Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Snopko Kenyon Ann S. Wolff
Jerry and Carole Ringer Jim and Joan Sears Dr. and Mrs. R. John Solaro Manuel S. Valderrama Ted and Peggy Wolff
Carol Roberts Segal Family Foundation The Sondheimer Family Charitable Dr. Thuong Van Ha Christopher and Julie Wood
William and Cheryl Roberts Paul R. Seidlitz Foundation Frances and Peter Vandervoort D.P. Wood and R.L. Sufit
Jared C. Robins Dr. and Mrs. Emanuel Semerad Phil and Sylvia Spertus Mr. and Mrs. Todd Vieregg Marsha and David Woodhouse
Dr. Ashley S. Rose and Charlotte John and Floria Serpico Ms. Julie Staley Rosalba Villanueva Mark Woodworth and Randi
Puppel-Rose Phyllis W. Shafron and Joyce L. Steffel Dr. Annabelle Volgman Ravitts Woodworth
Roberta Rosell Ethan Lathan Carol Stein and Doris Ashkin John and Kathleen Vondran Marianne and Ted Zelewsky
Saul and Sarah Rosen Mr. and Mrs. James F. Shea Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Stein Mr. Malcolm V. Vye Richard E. Ziegler
Babette Rosenthal Ms. Darlene Shearer Dr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Stoll Walter and Caroline Sueske
Lorelei Rosenthal David Sherman Ms. Verna Stovall Charitable Trust
Marsha and Robert Rosner Carol and Roger Shiffman Dr. and Mrs. Frank P. Stuart April Ware and Jess Forrest
Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross Ellen and Richard Shubart Mr. and Mrs. James Swartchild Dr. Richard Warnecke
Mr. and Mrs. Norman J. Rubash Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth I. Siegel Sandra Sweet Metro Pedix SC
Mrs. Dolores E. Ruetz Nancy Silberman Geraldine L. Szymanski Mr. and Mrs. Virgil L. Watts, Jr
Louise M. Ryssmann Linda Simon Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Taylor Nancy E. Webster
David Sachs Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Sims Ilene Patty and Thomas Terpstra

SUSTAINER · $500 to $999

Anonymous (27) Donald H. Bittner Parker Colvin Janet Eyler and Edwin Walker Mr. Andrew Gore
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Aaron Richard Blackwell and Susan and John Combes Ms. Elizabeth M. Fadell Drs. Margaret and Richard Gore
Julia and Charlotte Abarbanell Linda Christianson Sharon Conway Marion and Burt Fainman Anne H. Gorham
Andrew Abbott and Susan Schlough Diane and Tom Blake Mrs. D. S. Corbett Dr. Robert A. Fajardo Phillip and Suzanne Gossett
Jay Aber Louis and Catherine Bland Ms. Mercedes Corujo Marilyn Faklis Ruiz Birgit Gottelt
Phillip Adams and Carmen Wilcox Ms. Elizabeth Blinderman Dr. Kate L. Forhan and Mrs. Fran Faller Sarah J. Gottermeyer
Mr. and Mrs. William Adams IV Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. Blitstein Dr. Joseph P. Cousins Mr. David Fannin Mr. and Mrs. Delmon Grapes
Mrs. Carol E. Adelman Mrs. Judy Block James Cox John and Joann Faulhaber Mr. W. L. Griffith
Standby and Go, Productions Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Bloom Anatole Crane Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Feldman, M.D. Robert Grist
Inc. E. M. Bluhm Nancy Crawford Mr. Austin Feller Charles R. Grode
Mr. Dirk Alander Erminio Bonacci Robert C. Cronin Dr. Eva D. Ferguson Dan Groteke and Pat Taplick
Dr. and Mrs. Carl H. Albright Dr. H. Constance Bonbrest Pamela Crutchfield Susan Fisher-Yellen D. Grynspan and S. Stupp
Judith L. Allen Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus M. Anna Beth Culver Marilyn E. Fites Mrs. Kathleen Grzybek
Mrs. Ronald L. Allen Bond, Sr. Czarkowski Family Ms. Joanne H. Fitzgerald John Gustaitis
Mr. and Mrs. Gary R. Allie Mr. Donald W. Bonneau Greg Davis Ms. Karen E. Flanagan Beth Hadley
Peri M. Altan Laurence and Patricia Booth Paul B. Dekker Mrs. Harold M. Flanzer Mr. Allen Hager
Evelyn Alter Jordan Bouchard Tania Del Rio Archibald E. Fletcher Dr. and Mrs. Norm A. Hagman
Mr. Zakwan Alzein Aldridge and Marie Bousfield Pablo Denes Marvin Fletcher Janice H. Halpern
Ms. Emilyjane Andaya Sandra Box Mr. and Mrs. John Deppong, Jr. Lafayette J. Ford Barbara MacDowall and
Ken and Mary Andersen Mary and Carl Boyer Mrs. Marcia Devlin Richard W. Foster Robert Hanlon
Carol L. Anderson Mr. Randall Hanssen
Judith C. Anderson “Opera is the most complete and complex art form; John and Sharon Hanusin
Ms. Louise E. Anderson Mr. Gregory J. Harms
Nancy E. Anderson Lyric performs at the highest level.” Dr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Harris
Elizabeth Newkirk and -Phillip, Wilmette Mr. and Mrs. Roger B. Harris
Christa Andrepont Malcolm Harsch and
Dr. Michael Angell Dr. Lawrence Devoe Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fried Matthew Killen
William Ankenbrandt Michael Bradie Ms. Wendy DiBendedetto Ms. Pauline Friedman Mr. Steve Hastalis
Stephen M. and Barbara J. Arnold Robert Bradner Mr. John D. DiBuono Michael and Jane Fritz Dr. and Mrs. David Jerome Hayden
Drs. Andrew and Iris Aronson Ms. Vivian Brandt Robert and Anne Diffendal Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Gabanski Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hayden
Susan and Bob Arthur Giovanna and Joseph Breu Dr. Gary Dillehay Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Gahlon Mrs. John S. Hayford
Mr. Derek Ashbaugh Mr. Gordon Brodfuehrer Mr. and Mrs. William S. Dillon Leota P. Gajda Dr. and Mrs. Robert Heidenry
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore M. Asner Leona and Daniel Bronstein Ms. Violeta Dirvonis Ms. Jennifer Garner and Mr. Robert and Raynelle Heidrick
Margaret Atherton Dr. Annie Brown Ms. Louise Dixon Landon Raford Ms. Nancy Heil
Ms. Shirley M. Ballak Steven Borkan and Lauren Brown Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey B Donnell Ms. Lili Gaubin Josephine E. Heindel
Mr. Stan Balog Todd Brueshoff Maureen Dooley Dr. George Gay & Brian Soper Stephen Heller
H. Barefield Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Bruske III Marilyn F. Dore Dedre Gentner Dr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Hennessy
Marilyn R. Barmash Warren and Patricia Buckler Ms. Jill Dougherty Ms. Esther Geppert Kimberlee S. Herold
Barbara J. Barnes Dr. Jack Bulmash Paul E. Drennan Thomas and Patricia Germino Mr. Theodore W. Herr and
David Baron and Susan Kay Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan G. Bunge Ms. Jody Lewis Florence Gibaldi Ms. Carla Carstens Herr
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Barrett Lidia Calcaterra and Paul Barger Douglas F. Duchek Dr. and Mrs. Hugh C. Gilbert Norman K. Hester
Joseph P. Basile Hon. and Mrs. Michael T. Caldwell Ms. Roma Dybalski Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Gilford Caren B. Hiatt
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Baum Neal J. Campbell Joan M. Eagle Mr. Lyle Gillman Cyndi l. Hicks
Alvin R. Beatty Christina Canham Hon. Frank Easterbrook and Dale and David Ginsburg Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. High
Mr. and Ms. Beck Mr. and Mrs. Michael Canmann Mrs. B. Englert Easterbrook Dr. Howard P. Girard Dr. and Mrs. Roger D. Hilbert
Mrs. and Mr. Martin S. A. Beck Agnes B. Canning Kimberly A. Eberlein Gay L. Girolami Thomas W. and Helen C. Hill
Elizabeth S. Beck Walter and Nancy Carlson Adrienne Eckerling David L. Gitomer Dr. Leroy J. Hirsch and
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin R. Becker Kimberly Renee Carmen James W. Edmondson James W. and Patricia T. Gladden Bebe Awerbuch
Mr. Robert Becker and Carnot & Luceile Allen Foundation Ms. Martha Edwards Robert Dunn Glick John E. Holland
Ms. Karen Heller Patrick V. Casali Mrs. Marlene Eisen Dr. Paul B. Glickman Mr. and Mrs. James A.
Hans F. Bell Donald and Bonnie Chauncey Mrs. Richard J. Elrod Ms. Christine Goerke Hollensteiner
Mr. Edward A. Berman Ms. Anne M. Chien R. Vincent Embser Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Golden Bernard H. and Edith A. Holst
Diane and Karl Berolzheimer Connie Clark Joseph R. Ender Dr. Susan R. Goldman Joel Horowitz
Mr. and Mrs. Loren M. Berry III Mrs. Paula Clayton Lenczycki Northwest Indiana Pathology Dr. Deirdre Dupre and William Hosken
Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Bevers Michael Cleveland and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ertman Dr. Robert Golub Larry and Ann Hossack
Mrs. Keki Bhote Grazia Nunzi Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Evanich Mary C. Goodman Mr. and Mrs. R. Thomas Howell, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Bible Susan Somers and Ray Cocco Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Evans Amy and Michael Gordon William and Sarah Hufford

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Ms. Michelle Hughes Bonnie B. and Robert M. Larsen Dr. Arthur Moswin Drs. Ronald and Linda Rosenthal Ms. Svetlana Sutic
G. Todd Hunt Mr. and Mrs. Harold Laughlin Helga E. Muench Thomas and Barbara Rosenwein Sherwin A. Swartz
Anita A. Hutchinson Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Lawrence Zane F. Muhl Jason Rosnick Sally Sylvan
Dr. Stephen and Kathy Irwin Marsha Lazar Mary Anne Lynskey Merlin and Gladys Rostad Arts Katherine Abbott and Jerry Szatan
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Isaacson Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Lee Maxwell Mulmat Fund Anne Taft
Howard Isenberg Mary Anne Leer Dr. John S. and Nan D. Munn Mrs. Donald I. Roth Bradley L. and Simone Himbeault
Ms. Marina B. Jacks Eileen Leiderman and Ben L. Brener Thomas F. Murphy Heidi Stevenson Rothenberg, M.D. Taylor
Douglas and Lynn Jackson Dr. Michael C. Leland Barbara B. Murray Zhaosong Ruan Susan C Taylor
Better Godparents Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Lenahan Mrs. Natalie Mycyk Andrew Ruggles Ms. Michele M. Thompson
Merle L. Jacob Dominique Leonardi Holly I. Myers Alex Ruiz Sheila J. Thuesdee
Charlene Jacobsen Ralph and Carol Lerner Harvey A. Nathan Drs. Cynthia and Gary Ruoff Myron and Karen Hletko Tiersky
Bett C. and Ronald E. Jacquart Dr. and Mrs. Peter Letarte Virginia Navarrete Melanie and Joseph Ryan Eleanor W. Tippens
David Jaffe David Levinson and Kathy Kirn J. Robin Naylor Eugene W. Rzym Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tittle
Reinhardt H. and Shirley R. Jahn Dr. and Mrs. Robert Levy Arne Rode and Nancy Needles Mary Ann Sadilek F. Joseph Tomecek
Foundation Mary Beth Liccioni Wayne W. Nestander Mr. Eugene Saenger, Jr. Larry and Carol Townsend
Marqui Jamison Dr. Eva F. Lichtenberg and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony A. Nichols Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Safford Mr. and Mrs. James M. Trapp
Dr. Paul B. Jaskot Dr. Arnold Tobin Mr. and Mrs. George Nichols, Jr. Natalie Saltiel Miss Wan-Lin Tsai
Nicholas Jeffery Myron and Eleanor Lieberman Eleanor A. Nicholson Richard H. Sanders Jay and Kelly Tunney
Mr. and Mrs. A. Paul Jensen Stewart Liechti Andrew Noha Mr. Jeffrey Sanfilippo Mr. and Mrs. Howard Tyner
Kim Jensen and Tom Elsen Robert E. Lindgren Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Nolen Nancy A. Sans Dr. Aris Urbanes
Carl Johnson’s Gallery in Galena Carol Linkowski Ms. Sandra Norlin Mr. Larry Scattaglia Mrs. Denise M. Utter
Maryl R. Johnson, M.D. Al and Cathy Lipponeur William Novshek and Anne McMillen Scheyer Mrs. Murray J. Vale
Mr. and Mrs. Walker C. Johnson Mr. John Liston Lynda Thoman Mr. and Mrs. Edward K. Schiele Sharon Van Dyck and
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnston Mr. Alan Littmann Mr. and Mrs. Hiram M. Nowlan Mrs. Sheldon K. Schiff Richard Kelber
Barbara Mair Jones Mr. and Mrs. Brian A. Loftus Dr. W. E. Null Mrs. Rosita M. Schloss Robert and Etti Van Etten
Mr. Dennis Jones Abby and George Lombardi Mr. and Mrs. Jim Nutt Nancy Schmitt Marlene A. Van Skike
Janet Jones Ms. Kathie Long Dr. Dragic M. Obradovic Arthur Schneider and Helen Sellin Marie Vanagas
Courtney and Ora Jones Richard Lord Mr. Michael J. O’Connell Marcia G. Schneider Andre Vanee
Dr. Peter H. Jones Lutz Family Foundation Paul and Cathy O’Kelly Rosemary J. Schnell Dr. Eladio A. Vargas
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Jordan Ms. Alex Lyubimov Sandra L. Osborn Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Scholly Drenda Vijuk
Mr. Edward T. Joyce Mrs. Diane L. Macewicz John and Dawn Palmer Susan B. Schulson Raita Vilnins
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Kaeser Miss Joan C. Madden Paloucek Family Fund Gerald and Barbara Schultz John N. Vinci
Marianne E. Kalinke Ms. Teresa A. Maganzini Joan L. Pantisios Mr. and Mrs. Mark Schultz Robert and Camille Von Dreele
Beth Kalov Mrs. Timothy J. Malloy David Paris Stacy and Robert Schultze Mr. Richard Wagner
Dr. and Mrs. James J. Kane Jennifer Malpass Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parks Deborah and George Schulz Mrs. Mary Lou Waitzman
Ethel R. Kaplan Ms. Gwen Maneke Charles M. Parrish Linda S. Schurman Alan J. Wakefield
Mrs. Jack Karp George and Roberta Mann Robert W. Parsons, M.D. Lisa Schwarz Ms. Lucinda Wakeman
Mr. Louis Kartsimas Philanthropic Fund Alap Patel Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Scoggins Prof. John S. Walker
Thomas R. Kasdorf Mark and Wendy Manto Bruce and Nancy Payne Judy and John Scully Robert D. Wallin
Harriet Z. Katz Mr. Damiano Marchiafava Jean T. Pennino Barbara and John T. Seaman, Jr. James M. Walsh
Ms. Andrea Katzenstein Dr. Lawrence and Sylvia Margolies Mr. John Pepe Dr. Itai Seggev and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Walter
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kavanagh Dr. Maija Freimanis and Children’s Law Group LLC Dr. Dara Goldman Mr. and Mrs. John H. Walter
Matthew J. Keller, Jr. David Marshall Victorina Peterson Richard and Betty Seid Gary T. Walther
Alfred Kelley David J. Martin Karen Petitte Mr. and Mrs. Neal Seltzer Elizabeth K. Ware
Douglas and Christine Kelner Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Marzec Lorna and Ellard Pfaelzer, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Seng Sara and Kevin Warner
Jeffrey R. Kerr Harold L. Mason Shirley Pfenning and Dr. Robert F. Shankland Ms. Lisa Warshauer
Patricia Kersey and James Massie and Christine Winter Robert J. Wilczek Mr. and Mrs. Myron D. Shapiro Benjamin Wasmuth
Charles Erlichman Fernando and Leslie Mastroianni Mr. Robert Phelan Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Shapiro Claude M. Weil
Ms. Emily Kessler and Mr. Michael Mattingly Ms. Lyneta Grap Piela Barbara Fulton Sideman Mr. James Weinberger
Ms. Kay E. Hughes Mrs. John May Mr. and Mrs. William Pinsof Joanne Silver Dr. and Mrs. Howard Weiss
Mr. and Mrs. Algimantas Kezelis Mr. and Mrs. George P. McAndrews John J. W. Plampin Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Simon Marco and Joan Weiss
Chuck and Kathy Killman Drs. William and Margaret Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Podolak Roberta E. Singer Dr B. Craig Weldon and
Ms. Mary Kinney McCulloch Mr. and Mrs. Michael Polsky Christopher Skrable Terri Monk
Ms. Tracy L. Kinsella Mr. James McDonald Felix Ponce Arthur B. Smith, Jr. and Peter J. Wender
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Andrew S. McFarland Ms. Karen W. Porter Tracey L. Truesdale Ellen Werner
Kittle-Kamp John and Etta McKenna William V. Porter Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Smith, Jr. Donald R Wertz
Anya Kleymenova Andrea McNeal Mr. William Preller Therese G. Smith Dr. and Mrs. Robert Wertz
Anne Klosinski Mr. and Mrs. Leland V. Meader Dr. Kathryn Press Michael and Donna Socol Ms. Suzanne K. Westerhold
Diane F. Klotnia Mrs. Carmen Medina Elizabeth Ann Price Edward and Eileen Soderstrom Floyd and Judith W. Whellan
John and R.K. Fisher Joann H. Meigs Marla McCormick Pringle Larry and Marge Sondler Mrs. John White
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Koenker Dr. Janis Mendelsohn Jeroen Pul Dr. and Mrs. Hugo Sonnenschein David P. Whitman and
Ms. Betty Kolb Mr. John Merikoski Chris and Elizabeth Quigg Mrs. Hugo Sonnenschein Donna L. Reynolds
Gerald A. and Karen A. Mrs. Catherine Merkel Dorothy V. Ramm Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Sopranos Charles A. Whitver
Kolschowsky Foundation, Inc. Susan Hill Mesrobian Mr. Jonathan Ramos Linda Soreff Siegel Margaret E. Williams
R. R. Konetshny Paul Messina Jeffrey Rappin and Penny Brown Elaine Soter Arlene and Michael Winfield
Amy Kontrick and Mark Mycyk Mary C. Meyer Dr. and Mrs. Pradeep Rattan George Speck Curtis Winter and Christina Paton
Mr. Ernest Kosciuk Barb and Bob Meyer Biswamay Ray, M.D. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Squires Michael A. Wislek
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kracum Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Miller, Jr. Dennis C. Regan Phillip V. St. Cloud and Robert E. Woodworth, Jr.
Stephen Kraft David E. Miller Vanessa Reneau-Mack Charles P. Case Teana and Abbott Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Gary E. Kretchmer Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Miller Mr. Garth Renne Beth R. Stafford Catherine J. Wytzka
Harold Kroeger Gerry M. Miller John Reppy Mrs. Henry M. Staley Michelle and Max Young
Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Krugel Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Miller Edward Rhyne Jr. Helena Stancikas R. Lisa Zambrano, CPA and
Ms. Rebecka Kruk Vee Minarich Mr. and Mrs. Gary R. Richert Mr. and Mrs. Eric H. Steele Dr. Michael Davis Anderson
Konrad Kuchenbach Helen Hill Minsker Ashley Richter John Stephen Skaggs Tom and Elena Zanussi
Thomas P. Kuczwara Edward J. Mitchen Dr. Patricia C. Rieger Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Sterkin Mr. and Mrs. John G. Zasi
Dr. Klaus and Erzsebet Kuettner Lori Mivshek Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Stern Regina W. Zehr
Mr. Eric J. Kurdziel Sanford Moltz Rinkenberger Scott Stoeffler and Jill Krieg Dr. Antoinette Zell and
John and Lynn LaBarbera Deborah A. Morrin Ed and Susan Ritts Mrs. James H. Stoner Kenneth R. Walter
Jeanne LaDuke Mr. Greg Morris Helen H. Roberts Joanne Storm Robert Zentner
Laimonis and Kristina Laimins Martin W. Morris Gabriel and Beth Rodriguez Timothy J.S. Dorene Zerfas
Susan Laing Steven W. Morris James and Abagail Rollins Mr. John Strasswimmer Larisa Zhizhin
John T. Lansing John A. Morrison The Philip and Myn Rootberg Gary L. Strawn Dr. and Mrs. Eric Zickgraf
Mr. Max Lanz Larry Morrison Foundation Laura Sturdevant Camille J. Zientek
Mrs. Frederick Larsen Beverly Mortensen Elaine G. Rosen Mary W. Sullivan and Coleman S.
Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Larsen Mr. and Mrs. Karlos Moser Mrs. Alan Rosenfield Kendall

Lyric is very grateful to the thousands of donors who give gifts of less than $500 to our annual campaign. Due to space limitations, we are unable to list the names of these donors,
but their generosity is sincerely appreciated.

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Facilities and Services

Patrons with Disabilities: media from the lobby and other parts of
The Lyric Opera House is the public, non-performance spaces in the
accessible to persons with house, as well as the house itself, but not
physical disabilities, with during the performance.
elevator service to all floors
except the Opera Club. The Ardis Lyric, for safety reasons, has the right
Krainik Theatre contains seating to inspect any large bags or packages
that is accessible to persons in and insist that all large backpacks, bags,
wheelchairs, as well as seats with luggage, etc. be stored at coat check.
removable armrests. The Lyric
Welcome to the Lyric Opera House! Here Opera House has automatic door-openers
are a few guidelines designed to ensure all on exterior doors, and accessible drinking
of our audience members have the best fountains and public telephones. A TTY
experience possible. phone is available in the Box Office for
outgoing calls only.
• Please remain silent during the
performance. Restroom facilities for female patrons with
• As a gesture of respect for other disabilities are located on all levels except
audience members and the the Opera Club. For male patrons, these
performing artists, please remain facilities are located on all levels except the
seated until intermission or the end Opera Club and the sixth floor.
of the show. If you need to leave
the auditorium, you may not be Assistive listening devices for persons
readmitted while the performance is desiring amplification are available at no
in progress. cost at the Main Floor coat check. A valid
• Program and artists are subject to driver’s license or state identification is Outside food and beverages may not be
change without notice. required as a security deposit. brought into the Lyric Opera House.
• Please turn off or silence all electronic Refreshments may be purchased onsite and
and personal devices and refrain Large print and Braille programs may be limited items may be brought in with you
from using any device with a glowing available at the Main Floor coat check. to the performance.
screen at any time during the
performance. Audio description, touch tours, and Thank you again for joining us at Lyric
American Sign Language interpretation is Opera of Chicago!
Your understanding and cooperation available for select performances; please see
are appreciated. Please let a member of for dates
Lyric’s house staff know if you have any and details.
Lost and Found:
Please call 312.827.5768 for lost items.
Unclaimed articles are held for 30 days.

Other important policies:

Photography and/or audio and video
recording of any kind are prohibited
during the performance. You are
encouraged to take photographs
and share your experience on social

Front of House Manager: Laura LoChirco Box Office Assistant Treasurers: John Thor Sandquist and Joseph Dunn
Food & Beverage Manager: Geri LaGiglio Restaurant Manager: David Adelsperger
Box Office Manager: Gregg Brody Usher Supervisor: Dolores Abreu

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THE SCORPIONS’ STING An opera for young Family


people about the quest for knowledge and the Tickets
power of forgiveness. $10/$20

THEATER, EXCITING Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave.

Oct 14 & 15
Featuring Kate Baldwin, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn, and
Create Your Own Series*: the Lyric Opera Orchestra conducted by David Chase
you choose the titles, Mar 10
you choose the dates. FAMILY DAY AT LYRIC Friendly
Apr 7 $5/$10
*Does not inlcude Family Day at Lyric,
The Scorpions’ Sting JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Webber/Rice
Apr 27 - May 20

312.827.5600 | LYRICOPERA.ORG
Experience Lyric’s Enhanced
Dining Features!
Nothing makes an evening more special than adding an enjoyable
dinner to a beautiful performance — and we’re excited to share
a host of enhancements this season designed to make the
convenience of dining at Lyric both elegant and delicious, from
start to finish.
Our newly-renovated Sarah Visit our new champagne bar
and Peer Pedersen Room offers Cheers! located on the Main Floor
stylish dining and stays open one and enjoy featured champagnes
hour after the show for post-show and cocktails.

Friday night means sushi! Chef

The Pedersen Room and the Tom Osaki delivers delicious, fresh
Florian Opera Bistro feature new sushi on Friday nights and for all
wine lists by Master Sommelier Die Walküre performances.
Alpana Singh.

Don’t forget to pre-order your

We’re thrilled to have Chicago’s drinks before the show and pick
top chefs and restaurateurs up at intermission — and choose a
Featured Chef
create featured menus for the Lyric cup to enjoy your beverage
Pedersen Room. at your seat during the show!
• Orphée et Eurydice: Keene
and Megan Addington,
Tortoise Supper Club Lyric’s most generous donors can
• Rigoletto: Tony Priolo, enjoy the sophistication of The
Piccolo Sogno William B. and Catherine Graham
Room, featuring superb farm-to-
table menus by Calihan Catering
and additional exclusive benefits.