Canadian Opera Company

Operanation returns this spring with Queen of the Night

TORONTO, ON — On May 19, 2016, the Canadian Opera Company’s (COC) highly anticipated annual fundraiser, Operanation, makes a move from the busy fall events calendar to mark its spring debut at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Taking inspiration from the darkly seductive villainess of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute–coming to the COC mainstage in winter 2017–Operanation: Queen of the Night guarantees an evening of wicked indulgence, from operatic and popular music performances, to live art installations, to an inspired culinary presentation.

Enticing Toronto’s top patrons of the arts, notable personalities, and fashionable party-goers to the COC’s acclaimed opera house, tickets to the event sell out every year. 100 per cent of Operanation proceeds support the opera company’s acclaimed Ensemble Studio, the nation’s premier training program for young Canadian opera professionals. Ensemble Studio artists enrich our cities, performing at schools, community centres and other public spaces in the course of their training, reaching over 150,000 children and youth over the last 10 years through the COC’s annual school tour. Every Operanation ticket purchased helps to generate a positive artistic experience with significant social and cultural benefits.

Operanation is an important event for the Canadian Opera Company not only because it fosters the country’s young opera talent, but also as it continues to introduce new audiences to the operatic art form,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “This year’s ‘Queen of the Night’ theme will be an enticing backdrop to our annual party and we are looking forward to another sold out event.”

What began as a modest fundraiser in 2005 has since expanded into a grand affair that now hosts over 1,000 attendees as the opera party of the year. In 2010, Operanation evolved with the collaborative efforts of Alexander Neef and Jeffrey Remedios, CEO of Universal Music Canada and past Operanation Co-Chair, rejuvenating the performance element of the evening by blending opera with modern popular music. Building on the success of past Ensemble Studio collaborations with artists like Sam Roberts Band, Rufus Wainwright, Nelly Furtado, Broken Social Scene and Arkells, Operanation: Queen of the Night promises to impress with this year’s musical crossover, to be announced at a later date.

This year’s Operanation is spearheaded by co-chairs Randi Bergman, executive online editor at Fashion Magazine, Ben Kizemchuk, portfolio manager and investment advisor at Altus Securities Inc., and Patrick Sambrook of Eggplant Entertainment, each of whom bring a wealth of experience from across the fashion, finance and music industries.

Tickets for the party portion of Operanation: Queen of the Night start at $125 per person and are available online at or by calling COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231.

ABOUT Operanation

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. Attracting over 1,000 guests, Operanation takes over three floors of the COC’s opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Funds raised for Operanation are directed towards the COC’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. For more information on Operanation, visit, @operanation, or

ABOUT The COC Ensemble Studio

The COC Ensemble Studio, underwritten in part by Peter M. Deeb and The Slaight Family Foundation, is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals and provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and career development opportunities. The Ensemble Studio is also supported by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, RBC Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, and other generous donors. Since the inception of the program in 1980, over 215 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the Ensemble Studio

ABOUT The Canadian Opera Company

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the Canadian Opera Company, please visit its award-winning website,

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