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Operanat10n: A Night of Temptation: Showing Off Opera Through Creative Partnerships

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Sam Roberts Band Collaborates Onstage and in Fashion, while Jon Sasaki Highlights the Power of the Voice through Video

TORONTO, October 10, 2013 -- In an evening of epic sensory exploration, Operanat10n: A Night of Temptation features unique, never-before-seen artistic installations produced through creative partnerships in the realms of fashion, visual arts and music. This year promises to be the most lavish Operanation party to-date with contributions from world-renowned artist Jon Sasaki, fashion-label KAELEN and Canadian rock sensation, the Sam Roberts Band. On October 24, this Canadian Opera Company fundraiser commemorates its 10th anniversary, aiming to raise over $100,000 for the COC Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals.

“The growth of Operanation as a touchstone event in Canada is a reflection of the strength and calibre of our partnerships year after year,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “Opera is an expression of different art forms all working together to create something exceptional. We endeavour to highlight this with the programming of Operanation, presenting opera in such a way that it’s accessible to a wide audience and ensuring our guests will come away having had an unforgettable party experience."

Pitch Perfection
The Canadian Opera Company is teaming up with multi-disciplinary artist Jon Sasaki in the development of a unique video installation to be presented for the first time at Operanat10n: A Night of Temptation. Capturing the vocal talents of opera singers from the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio on film, Sasaki’s piece will showcase the remarkable tone and pitch levels achievable by the human voice.

Sasaki is a Toronto-based contemporary artist well-known for his use of performance, video, object and installation to illustrate repetition, trial and error and humour. He has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Galerie Clark.

Dressing the Part
Operanat10n: A Night of Temptation’s headlining musical act is Canadian rock star group, the Sam Roberts Band, who is partnering with acclaimed New York-based fashion label KAELEN in the design of a high-end concert tee to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Operanation. The shirts will highlight the collaborative aspects of music and fashion and incorporate elements of this year’s Operanation theme of temptation. The Sam Roberts Band X KAELEN Operanation tees will retail for $100 each with a limited collection of 50 tees available as of October 21, 2013 online through the COC's Opera Shop at and in-person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen St. W.). All proceeds will go to support the COC’s Ensemble Studio.

KAELEN, from Canadian-born designer Kaelen Haworth, was launched in 2010 and is known for its clean, modern and androgynous design aesthetic.

Investing in Opera's Future
Operanation’s long term partnerships have contributed significantly to the success and growth of the event. “TD is thrilled to have supported Operanation since the beginning as the Canadian Opera Company continues to play a significant role in developing the arts in Canada and inspiring the next generation of opera patrons,” says Alan Convery, Senior Manager, Community Relations, TD Bank Group. “Operanation is unlike any event - it redefines opera for a new audience and we look forward to what’s next.”

TD Bank Group has committed their support of title sponsor for Operanation annually over the last 10 years and continues to support through 2014.

Operanat10n: A Night of Temptation party tickets are $150 per person and available online at or by calling COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231. Party tickets are already 85% sold! VIP and Early Bird tickets are sold out.

Presenting Sponsor: TD Bank Group
VIP Sponsor: J.P. Morgan
Official Fragrance: Calvin Klein DOWNTOWN
Partnering Sponsors: Burgundy Asset Management, Globalive Communications Corp.
Contributing Sponsors: BMO, WeirFoulds LLP
Event Supporters: 10tation, Chair-man Mills, KAELEN, Knot PR, Media Needs, Mill St., Perrier, Lilium, Toronto Life, Trius Wines

Operanat10n: A Night of Temptation Co-chairs:
Amy Burstyn Fritz, Anne Maggisano and Jeffrey Remedios

Operanat10n: A Night of Temptation Campaign Credit:
Ambur Braid in a J Mendel gown available at The Room. Hair & Makeup: Aniya Nandy/Plutino Group. Jewels by Mindham Fine Jewellery. Photo: JJ Thompson/© 2013

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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

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 and other generous donors.

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, and is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada. For more information on the Canadian Opera Company, please visit its award-winning website,

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For Further Information

Halysha Maloni
Knot PR
Tel (416) 532-9035

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