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The Canadian Opera Company’s 11th annual Operanation: Light up the Night

The Canadian Opera Company’s 11th annual Operanation: Light up the Night

Operanation is the Canadian Opera Company’s premier fundraising event. For arts patrons as well as the opera-curious, Operanation presents a unique experience, equal parts party and performance, with special collaborations between classic and modern music and complementary art forms ranging from visual arts to fashion. Need I say more?

It’s that time of year again! Time to get all dolled up and head to one of the premier events of the party season – Operanation. As a member of the Operanation committee, I am so excited for everything to come into fruition. This year’s Operanation will exceed expectations like never before with musical and art performances, as well as art installations that reflect multiple artistic disciplines designed to light up every corner of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts – one of the most STUNNING buildings in the city of Toronto. Truly, every time you step foot into that building it feels like a breath of fresh air.

Light up the Night: Music

Hailing from Paris, France, Yelle will be the headliner for this year.  The group is fronted by leadsinger and namesake Yelle (Julie Budet) and cofounder and main composer GrandMarnier (Jean-Francois Perrier). The group shot to fame in September 2005, when they posted their song “Je veux te voir” on Myspace, which later reached the top five in France. If you think you’ve never heard of them before, do a quick listen here… #ideal

Light up the Night: Contemporary Art

This year Operanation welcomes three Canadian contemporary artists, Keith ColeDerek Liddington, and Orest Tataryn, who have taken inspiration from this year’s theme to design activations of epic proportions.

Keith Cole’s Yacht Rawk Flash Mob creates a floating flash mob, moving from floor to floor in the Four Seasons Centre. Um cool! Guests will be invited to join him in a choreographed ballet as music by Melissa Manchester, Carole King, The Doobie Brothers and many more, echoes throughout the venue.

Derek Liddington’s activation treats guests to a multi-dimensional experience in a recomposed version of Claude Debussy’s “Jeux.” Developed to be performed by two electric guitars and a male opera singer, the work describes the rise and fall of the enduring romantic sun in eight minute features projected onto large video screens in the Four Seasons Centre, as well as private screenings in the opera house’s royal box every 30 minutes.

Widely acclaimed artist, Orest Tataryn, showcases an innovative and vibrant neon light art installation. Tataryn transforms the Four Seasons Centre into a visual playground, creating optical illusions and altering perceptions, sparking curiosity and emotional resonance.

I’m sorry but remember the time that you’ll basically be celebrating nuit blanche all over again? Again.. #ideal

Light up the Night: Fashion

Channeling inspiration from neon lighting of the 90s, the COC has partnered with some of Canada’s hottest fashion designers to create a series of slap bracelets- yes those ones! They will be  available through Operanation’s annual raffle. This year’s three designers include; Chloe and Parris Gordon (BEAUFILLE), Sarah Stevenson (SARAH STEVENSON DESIGN), and Kaelen Haworth (KAELEN). The snap bracelets are original creations, an artistic expression of each designer’s signature style that produces a high culture fashion experience for guests along the theme of Light up the Night.

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In other words! Get your ticket now!! 

Tickets for the party portion of Operanation: Light up the Night are $150 per person, available online at or by calling COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231.

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Presenting Sponsor: TD Bank Group
Preferred Fragrance: REVEAL by Calvin Klein
Partnering Sponsor: Burgundy Asset Management
Jewellery Partner: Maison Birks
Contributing Sponsors: Bloomberg, Canaccord Genuity, Torkin Manes LLP
Event Supporters: BT/A, Chairman Mills, Knot PR, Mill St., Perrier, Quince Flowers, Ryan Emberley Photography, The Room, Toronto Life, Trius Wines, and 10tation. J.P. Wiser’s ® Canadian Wisky, Lot No. 40™ Canadian Whisky, Pike Creek™ Canadian Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Aberlour® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and Beefeater® Gin.
Operanation: Light up the Night Co-chairsRandi Bergman, Anne Maggisano and Patrick SambrookOperanation: Light up the Night Campaign Credit: Photo: Dexter Quinto, 2014. Dress by Jonathan Saunders available at The Room, Hudson’s Bay. Shoes by Gianvito Rossi.

Yelle's highly-anticipated third studio album, Complètement fou.

Yelle’s highly-anticipated third studio album, Complètement fou.

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