A Magnifique Night!!


Saturday night, we got the chance to leave Chicago and be transported to Paris. We were  lucky enough to attend  the Lyric Opera’s gala, Midnight in Paris.

Party goers began their evening by enjoying the gourmet samplings from the area’s best restaurants. There was everything from hors d’oeuvres to delicious desserts. Everything washed down so well with beer and champagne. During the social hour, attendees could buy raffle tickets or bid on great prizes at the silent auction. Everyone was excited when American Airlines (Official airline of the Lyric Opera) gave away a once in a lifetime trip to London, they also gave away trips to Shanghai and anywhere in the world.

We were also treated to a star studded cabaret with some of the biggest stars of the Lyric Opera. The singers delighted the audience with lite musical fair. One of the musical highlights was Ana Marie Martinez singing the beautiful ballad   from “Carousel” “If I Loved You”

Albina Shagimuratova wowed the audience with her coloratura voice and Andrea Silvestrelli showed the power of his voice with “This Was Nearly Mine” Other perforances included Elizabeth Futral, David Cangelosi, Amanda Majeski, Jamie Barton, and Lucas Meachem. The Master of Ceremonies was Maestro Sir Andrew Davis.

There was more food and fun as revelers either attended the VIP gourmet dinner or continued sampling  goodies. There was also lost to do like have a tarot reading, a photo booth and an artist doing caricatures.

The party kicked into high gear as the band Rendezvous got the crowd dancing. The big threat of the evening was when Lucas Meachem took the stage and used his beautiful tenor voice  to sing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” He rocked the crowd!

This evening should be considered a success. Everyone had a grand time. We’d like to give special thanks to David “Dutch” Valkema for allowing us to be his guests for an evening that was fantastique!

002Each guest was handed this beautiful program as they arrived in “Paris”

033Delicious Moulin themed drink    

032Our party favor!

037Pazzo’s had incredible Lobster bisque!

038 Magnolia Bakery provided some sweet treats including these mini cupcakes

031 A juggler entertained the guests as they sampled gourmet delights

009The Moulin Rouge

034Party guest Roslyn modeled her gorgeous gown by Azza

056The amazing Lyric Opera performers take a final bow

058Linda Annev drew caricatures of the guests

001Here are mine and Jen’s

060Rendezvous Music made the crowds get up and dance

053Jen and I say Thank you to David “Dutch” Valkema.


About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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