Join us for a very special evening!


Your Gala Venezia Excursion includes:

  • Italian-themed buffet dinner

  • Selection of wine and beer

  • Rossini song cycle musical performance

  • Stories told of growing up in Congo

  • Video presentation about the OPERAnauts program in Congo

  • Silent Auction

  • Raffle Prizes

  • And more!

The evening’s events will support music, arts, and culture for youth in Congo. 


Tickets are $150 per person.


Please join us in your best “casual elegant” attire, bring your appetite for adventure, and have your pocket book in hand for armchair travel and excitement through music, presentations, silent auction, and raffle!



14 JUL 2018

Gala Venezia!

OPERAnauts will hold a gala to benefit cross-cultural music exchange in Congo. The celebration will be hosted at the Michigan Shores Club, a bright, airy venue on the North side of Chicago, and will include an Italian buffet dinner, bar, silent auction, and exclusive performance of Rossini’s La Regata Venetiana and the famous opera duet “Belle Nuit, o nuit d’amour.” Tickets for the elegant evening are $150 and include dinner, drinks, and the performance.

Lyric soprano Joy Bechtler’s rich, distinctive voice has entertained audiences in concert and opera throughout the world. From New Jersey, where she is regularly heard in major works such as Elijah and Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio; to New York City, where she was heard as Mimi, the Countess, and Fiordiligi, to gala concerts and opera in Italy, the Caribbean, and Sri Lanka. Ms. Bechtler imbues each performance with her singular vocal talents and wealth of unique life experience.

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