Toronto, Ontario �The Canadian Opera Company presents its annual fundraising bash Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball on Friday, October 29, 2010. Held in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the hottest fundraiser of the year brings together young urban professionals for a night of music, specialty drinks, and fine cuisine in a celebration of the arts. Cinderella: Rock the Ball, which begins at 9 p.m., is themed around the COC's upcoming production of La Cenerentola (Cinderella), and will feature live performances and a DJ for the night. Tickets are $125 per person for the first 125 people and $150 for the remaining attendees.
An exclusive pre-party VIP dinner takes place before the gala at 7 p.m. in the Four Seasons Centre's spectacular Henry N. R. Jackman Lounge. The intimate dinner will feature a delectable menu, along with a live-auction that promises to showcase many breathtaking prizes. Tickets are $350 per person. Tickets for both the VIP dinner and the soiree can be purchased online at operanation.ca or by calling 416-363-8231.
The past six Operanation events have attracted over 4,000 attendees and have raised almost $400,000 with all proceeds benefiting the COC's Education and Outreach Programs.
A press release with more information on the city's hottest party will be available at a later date.
Presenting Sponsor for Operanation VII: TD Canada Trust Music
Links: Operanation website Parlando: The COC Blog Alexander Neef's Blog
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Toronto, Ontario �The Canadian Opera Company is pleased to unveil its newest initiative to make opera more accessible to the public: Standing Room spaces. With this addition, the COC joins some of the world's most venerable opera houses which have a long tradition of selling standing-room spaces.
Up to 60 Standing Room tickets priced at $12 each will be located on Ring 3 and Ring 4 of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and will be offered for all COC performances starting in the 2010/2011 season.
Standing Room tickets for designated spaces will go on sale at 11 a.m. on the day of the performance and must be purchased in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen Street W). Tickets will be limited to two per person, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
This initiative is one of many the COC has in place to make opera more accessible including $22 Opera for a New Age tickets for patrons between the ages of 16 and 29 and Rush Seats starting at $22 for performances at the Four Seasons Centre.
This is a rare opportunity to hear one of Canada's greatest opera singers perform in an intimate setting. This will be Mr. Heppner's first performance with the COC since his appearance at the Inaugural Gala Celebrations for the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in 2006.
Accompanying Mr. Heppner is Canadian pianist and co-artistic director of Queen of Puddings Music Theatre John Hess, who works regularly with Mr. Heppner in Canada. The repertoire for this solo concert will include music by Grieg, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.
Available tickets range from $22 to $101.70 and may be ordered online at coc.ca, or by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W., Toronto).
Standing Room spaces are also available for only $12 each. Standing Room spaces go on sale at 11 a.m. on the day of the performance and must be purchased in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office.
Links: Ben Heppner in Recital Parlando: The COC Blog Alexander Neef's Blog