Chicago Opera Theater Hosts The 39th Anniversary Gala At City Winery in the West Loop: Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 6-9pm

COT_Gala_Save_the_Date_-_REVISED On Thursday, May 16, Chicago Opera Theater (COT) is celebrating their 39th Anniversary Gala at the West Loop’s interactive restaurant and event space, City Winery (1200 W. Randolph) from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Related:  listen to the Showbiz Chicago Podcast Interview with COT's Andreas Mitisek

Hosted by COT co-chairs Dale Connelly & Donna Van Eekeren and Roger & Julie Baskes, guests of the Gala will enjoy a behind the scenes look into the world of Chicago Opera Theater and an exclusive preview of the upcoming, unannounced 2014 opera season.  Enjoy a swanky cocktail reception, a meal and wine tasting straight from the kitchen and cellars of City Winery, unforgettable operatic performances, a pulse-raising live auction, and a grand raffle with prizes from Tiffany & Co.

Guests at the Gala will be the first to find out COT's 2014 operatic season with a sneak peek into its thrilling music. Renowned singers Suzan Hanson (soprano) and Nmon Ford (baritone) and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra will perform scintillating excerpts from the 2014 repertoire, giving guests an exclusive sneak peek into what Chicago can expect to see next year.

Tickets are $375 for the Gala and $250 for a Young Professional or Non-profit ticket. Proceeds will support COT's groundbreaking productions of rare and new operas, as well as their dynamic arts education and artist training programming.  For more information on the Gala, to purchase your ticket or to make a donation visit www.chicagooperatheatre.org.

To join the Host Committee and to become an Event Sponsor, please contact Cornelius Bouknight, Development Associate, by email at [email protected]chicagooperatheater.org or via telephone at 312-704-8420 x214.

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Chicago Opera Theater

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) is an innovative, nationally recognized opera company that inspires a diverse community through immersive and thought-provoking opera experiences. COT, established in 1974 by Alan Stone, is a founding resident company of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park.  New General Director Andreas Mitisek is known for his adventurous repertory, visionary leadership, fundraising skills, and innovative audience-building initiatives.

COT has evolved as an opera company that is fresh and critically acclaimed.   The Chicago Tribune says, “Chicago Opera Theater is on a roll.  The company's splendid, adventuresome shows continue to prove that the spirit of operatic adventure is alive and well.”

The Chicago Reader calls COT “Chicago’s most interesting opera company.”

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