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Rufus Wainwright, "Greatest songwriter on the planet," to headline COC's Operanation 8

TorontoThe Canadian Opera Company’s annual fundraising bash returns this year on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, with Operanation 8: A Muse Ball, featuring internationally-renowned singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright.  Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation; his own singular sound transcending the worlds of rock, opera, theatre, dance and film. Rufus Wainwright will headline the music line-up for Operanation 8, the must-attend arts fundraiser of the fall social season, which will also showcase performances by other artists to be announced at a later date. 

Operanation 8: A Muse Ball will be a celebration of artistic inspiration and the mix-and-mingle of art and life, taking place in the ideal setting of the crystalline Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room at the COC’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.  The magical night of dancing, live entertainment and specialty food and drink will represent the ultimate source of inspiration, the muse, calling to mind muses from the worlds of music, art and fashion.

Operanation 8: A Muse Ball will begin at 9 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2011. Tickets are $150 per person.

An exclusive pre-party VIP dinner takes place before the gala in the Four Seasons Centre’s spectacular Henry N. R. Jackman Lounge.  The intimate dinner will feature a lavish meal and an inspirational private performance by members of the COC’s Ensemble Studio.  Tickets are $500 (includes gala following dinner).

Tickets for the gala portion of Operanation 8 are available as of Sept. 1, 2011, online at or by calling COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231.  VIP dinner tickets may be purchased by calling 416-306-2309.  All proceeds will benefit the COC Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals.

Since its launch in 2005, the COC’s Operanation event has become the hottest fundraiser of the year, bringing together thousands of young urban professionals from diverse career, social and business circles who share a passion for the arts.  Last year’s Operanation, Cinderella: Rock the Ball, raised more than $100,000 for the COC and over 1,000 guests were wowed by performances by indie Canadian rockers Broken Social Scene, a rock/opera mash-up between Broken Social Scene and COC Ensemble Studio members Ambur Braid and Wallis Giunta, and a special appearance by innovative Canadian singer Clara Venice with a sultry electro-pop-meets-cabaret-influenced set.

Press releases with more information on Operanation 8: A Muse Ball will be issued at a later date.

Presenting Sponsor for Operanation 8: A Muse Ball: TD Bank Group

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For more information or to request photographs of previous Operanation galas, please contact:

Jennifer Pugsley, Media Relations Manager, tel: 416-306-2303, e-mail:

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