The Chicago Opera Theater celebrated its 40th anniversary and 2014 season in the vineyard-inspired cocktail and dining hall of City Winery on April 24.
The event attracted 120 guests who were inspired to raise a collective $175,000 through the live auction, raffle and paddle raise in support of the artistry, education and dedication to high-quality productions of rare and new opera that COT has upheld for 40 years.
During the dinner, COT’s Young Artists took the stage with a special 40th anniversary retrospective performance.
Between the live auction and the paddle raise portion of the evening, guests heard from two of the COT for Teens participants, a program that brings opera, art and excitement to an expanding number of Chicagoland schools. The talk was followed by a performance.
The evening’s entertainment featured performances from COT’s Young Artists program in a 40th anniversary retrospective, as well as a group performance by participants in the COT for Teens program from Solorio Academy High School and Gallery 37 Center for the Arts.
For more information on the Chicago Opera Theater and its programs, visit chicagooperatheater.org or call (312) 704-8414.