Lyric Opera's OPERATHON Breaks Record

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OPERATHON 2007, Lyric Opera of Chicago's annual live-radio fundraiser, has raised $406,259 in cash and challenge-grant pledges, the highest amount in its 28-year history. Proceeds from the 16-hour broadcast on October 13 will support the company's education and outreach programs.

Singers from Lyric's current productions were heard throughout the marathon prorgram on 98.7WFMT: Elizabeth Futral, Joseph Calleja and Mark Delavan from La traviata; Elaine Alvarez, Roberto Aronica, Nicole Cabell, Quinn Kelsey, Andrea Silvestrelli and Dale Travis from La Bohme; David Daniels and Danielle de Niese from Giulio Cesare; and Bryan Griffin and, by phone, Deborah Voigt from Die Frau ohne Schatten.

Among items auctioned were flights to New York, London, San Francisco and Brussels, including accommodations and courtesy of American Airlines, a co-sponsor of the event along with Bank of America.

Program anchors Carolyn Paulin, Roger Pines, Dennis Moore, Lisa Flynn and Norman Pellegrini were assisted by a staff of over 150. The result exceeded Lyric's goal of $350,000.

OPERATHON has held for a decade the national record for one-day radio fundraising by an arts organization, having raised over $7 million since its inception.

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